Young Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, VA was the all around gold medalist at this years Olympics Women's Gymnastics. As viewers, we get to sit in our cushy little chairs at home and review the brief times Gabby and the other young women had to show the judges what they were made of. We see a 5 or so minute routine that took years, years and hard work, and sacrifice by the gymnast and their loved ones, constant training and focus to acheive, to perfect. Stamina, focus, determination, goals, work ethic, sacrifice - pretty lofty words to be able to apply to a 16 year old girl.
So, what does all this have to do with much ado about nothing? It's Gabby's hair. Yes, I said it correctly, Gabby's hair. That there are some people who actually have the presence of mind to make negative comments about her hair makes me want to - hurl. (This is a word I absolutely despise. So, this may give you an idea of how strongly I feel about this.)
What exactly is not correct about her hairstyle during her competitions? It is neat, it is off of her face and not able to fly about and possibly distract her concentration? Long flowing hair is not really a great idea when one is involved in a complex gymnastic routine.
To those who feel her hair somehow makes her 'less than'....I say -
Gabby Douglas looked just fine at the Olympics. She looked so fine in fact, she was GOLDEN -twice!
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