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U.S. gymnasts and gold medallists, left to right, Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas, Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman stand for their national anthem during the medal ceremony for the artistic gymnastics women's team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Gabby Douglas: 'I never meant any disrespect' during national anthem


Gabby Douglas found herself at the center of attention during the Olympic games this week, and it wasn't for her one-armed cartwheels.

People got into a heated debate on social media when the 20-year-old U.S. women's gymnast did not place her hand over her heart when playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the team medal ceremony Tuesday night.

Douglas respond to her critics: "I always stand at attention out of respect for our country."

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