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Where’s Gabby?

Last night the US women’s gymnastics team won a gold medal in the team final. Gabby Douglas led the team, winning 1/3 of the 183.596 total points as she competed in all 4 events: floor, vault, beam and uneven bars. All 5 members; Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber; contributed to the win.


However, I opened up my Express this morning and there was no mention of Gabby Douglas in their writeup of last night’s victory. The only picture of Gabby Douglas anywhere in today’s edition is a small pic in the upper right corner of the front cover. It is a picture of her mid-tumble, so her face is obscured and her legs are most prominently displayed. The picture isn’t labeled or captioned to reference Gabby Douglas.

Front Page:

Page 11 is all about the winning gymnasts yet Gabby Douglas isn’t mentioned at all in the article and she’s not included or captioned in the picture of Team USA:

Closer look at the photo used:

The caption reads: Alexandra Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, and Kyla Ross celebrate the U.S. gymnasts’ win on Tuesday.

When I say all about the winning gymnasts, it’s really about Jordyn Wieber. The only other team member mentioned was McKayla Maroney. The Express excerpted an AP report on Team USA’s victory poorly; excluding any mention of Gabby Douglas and highlighting the disappointments & challenges of Jordyn Wieber bouncing back from not qualifying in the all-around individual finals.

Gabby Douglas was an integral part of Team USA’s win last night and deserved to be recognized. Let the Express know how you feel about their coverage via email

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  1. August 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Reblogged this on LifeByZen…. or something like it. and commented:
    @Arieswym’s post today on @expressnightout’s omission of US Olympic gymnast, Gabby Douglas.

  2. August 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    It is too bad, but because of Wieber’s “saga” as a media darling the news has largely focused on her. That’s a huge part of the problem with Olympic coverage, in my opinion: there is only room for a few media-chosen darlings and they dominate coverage regardless of their achievements.

    • August 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      I completely agree! They wanted Jordyn SO BAD the “it” girl.

  3. reader
    August 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Certain white people (and other races) cannot stand when a black female does well. Note how much Usain Bolt is reported on. Take a hint.

  4. September 22, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Nice blog…..i love gymnastics..

    rochester mi gymnastics

  1. August 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

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