It was a rough return to the Olympics for Gabby Douglas.
Four years after becoming a global sensation at the 2012 Games in London, Douglas followed with a largely forgettable showing in Rio, which ended Sunday without a medal in the uneven bars competition.
Douglas’s final routine of her Olympics career garnered a score of 15.066, a performance that was marred by an error on her first-hand stand. She finished seventh.
Douglas, who won a gold medal with the United States in the team all-around event, was the only U.S. gymnast not to win an individual medal, after Madison Kocian captured a silver with a score of 15.833 in the uneven bars, finishing just behind Russian star Aliya Mustafina (15.900).
It wasn’t a stunning result, given that Douglas had finished eighth in this event in London, but it was still an unceremonious exit.
Douglas, who became the first African-American woman, as well as the first woman of color of any nationality, to win the individual all-around gold medal in London, has been overshadowed by Simone Biles in Rio and has faced a wave of criticism outside the lines.
She was attacked on social media for not placing her hand over her heart during the playing of the national anthem after the Americans won the team all-around event and for not joining in on a standing ovation for two of her teammates, and she apologized.
Her mother, Natalie Hawkins, told Reuters this weekend that her daughter has had her “heart broken” because of unwarranted attacks online during the Olympics.
“She’s had to deal with people criticizing her hair, or people accusing her of bleaching her skin. They said she had breast enhancements, they said she wasn’t smiling enough, she’s unpatriotic. Then it went to not supporting your teammates. Now you’re ‘Crabby Gabby,’ ” Hawkins said in the interview. “You name it, and she got trampled. What did she ever do to anyone?”