All That Glitters. . .

20 Aug

g%20Simone-Biles_gymnastics-ornamentPizza, fries and quality time with Zach Efron: that was all the most winningest gymnast craved after clinching her fourth Olympic gold medal on Tuesday. In a post-performance interview, she teased Olympic partner-in-crime Aly Raisman for wanting to nap instead. If Michael Phelps was the Olympics’ king, this year Simone Biles proved to be its queen, toting four gold medals and a single bronze back to the States. But as she dazzlingly vaulted, tumbled and body rolled her way into Olympic stardom, another Final Five teammate’s sparkle flickered.

Rio had not been kind to Gabby Douglas.

Gymnastics - Artistic - Olympics: Day 4

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 09: Gabrielle Douglas of the United States looks on the monitor to display the score after Lauren Hernandez competing on the floor during the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

She was brilliant as she floated from bar to bar to a perfect dismount, her much-needed contribution to the Team USA Gold. But from the comfort of their living rooms, people gleefully handed in dismal scores for her work away from the uneven bars. gabby-douglas-littleA deduction of 0.3 for hair with kinky edges. A demerit of 0.2 for keeping her hands by her sides while the national anthem serenaded the stadium following the TEAM USA win. A subtraction of another tenth for not appearing as wildly enthusiastic as her 16-year-old teammate dubbed “The Human Emoji.” Then an early mistake in her individual uneven bar routine sunk Gabby, the former all-around champion, to seventh place.

What happens when your dreams come true? What happens when they don’t? That’s the question facing all Olympians as they head back to their respective countries, some clutching medals, most without. What’s next?  

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

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