Sunday, December 5, 2021

Why Gabby Douglas Missed Trip to the White House with Final Five

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L-R: Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles and Madison Kocian with President Obama (trying to do a split) and First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House (Sept. 29, 2016)

*Four of the “Final Five” Olympic gymnasts represented at the White House on Thursday (Sept. 29).

Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles and Madison Kocian joined the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams being honored by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their success in the Rio Olympic Games. Unfortunately, teammate Gabby Douglas was unable to make the trip because she was recovering from having her wisdom teeth removed on Monday.

She posted a photo of herself on Instagram on Wednesday, September 28, in which she’s icing her swollen cheeks. “#poutyface all good tho #iwantsomechickenwings,” Douglas captioned the image.

#poutyface all good tho #iwantsomechickenwings

A photo posted by Gabby Douglas (@gabbycvdouglas) on

In August, Gabby had to miss the MTV Video Music Awards over a “seriously infected past mouth injury,” which caused her to undergo oral surgery.

Though Douglas wasn’t able to join her teammates Thursday, the other four members of the Final Five had a ball at the White House, where they met the Obamas as well as Vice President Joe Biden and the Obama family’s dogs, Sunny and Bo.

The Olympians also took over the White House’s official Instagram account, and posted pics and videos of their visit:

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