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Olympian Gabby Douglas flips for Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj at the VMAs

Gabby Douglas at the VMAs, before her big performance. (Frederick M. Brown/GETTY IMAGES)

Douglas hit the red carpet in a sparkly striped dress before announcing the Keys performance with the rest of the 2012 Olympics Fab Five gymnastics squad. Then she joined Keys and Minaj to do flips in leather leggings, briefly causing her shirt to flip up in a very minor wardrobe malfunction ) and eliciting a huge round of applause.

The entire performance, for Minaj, was surprisingly understated. You’ll recallthis is the same woman who, seven months ago at the Grammy Awards, incited the wrath of the Catholic League for her on-stage exorcism.

As for Douglas, her reign as America’s Sweetheart continues — and no one’s picking on her hair anymore.

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