Allyson Felix opened up about Shaunae Miller’s infamous Bahamian dive that resulted in the American runner losing the gold medal in the 400m race. Felix had maintained an excellent pace and was closing in on the last few feet when Miller won the gold by diving to the finish line. During her spotlight on the Today Show, Felix acknowledged her performance stating, “It wasn’t my best race, and I felt like it got a little bit away from me.”
Gabby Douglas also shared her heartbreak after facing a hard week as a target in social media. With a flood of posts, including comments about her not smiling during the games, and some even calling her “unpatriotic,” it seems that people have forgotten her amazing performance at the 2012 Games. But many are unhappy with the trolling of one of America’s top gymnasts, and hundreds of supporters have jumped to her defense during the online frenzy, backing Douglas with supportive comments of their own. Shonda Rhimes tweeted, “True story: Yesterday my 3 yr old announced that her name is now GabbyDouglas Rhimes. #LOVE4GABBYUSA @gabrielledoug .“
Whether one falls short at the finish line just missing the gold, or gets beat out by one’s toughest opponent, the Olympic Games can be unforgiving. Athletes have to be in tiptop shape, mentally prepared, and emotionally ready for both victory and defeat. Both Allyson Felix and Gabby Douglas have continued to show both their pride and sportsmanship in spite of any disappointments they’ve experience in Rio, making them even more of an inspiration to sports fans everywhere.