Why Gabby Douglas was the only U.S. Olympic gymnast absent from the VMAs

Aug 28, 2016 at 7:38 p.m. ET
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One-fifth of the Final Five will be missing from the MTV Video Music Awards tonight. Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman, the American gymnasts who made history at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio — nicknamed the Final Five — were all set to appear at the VMAs to present an award. Unfortunately, Douglas had to back out due to her recent hospitalization.

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Douglas officially announced via Instagram this morning that she had to cancel her appearance, sharing a photo of herself cuddled up in bed. "Out of the hospital & resting comfortably! #FinalFive so sad I can't be with u all to present tonight," Douglas captioned the photo.


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Douglas was reportedly admitted to a hospital recently, but all other details remain unknown. The gold medalist appears to be on her way to recovery but has not released any official statement. The reason for her hospital stay is being kept quiet, but one might assume that Douglas may be in severe need of rest after, you know, competing against the top athletes in the world.

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Fans were sad to see Douglas missing from the VMAs red carpet, where her fellow Team USA gymnasts Raisman, Kocian, Hernandez and Biles posed for photos.


This would have been Douglas' second VMAs appearance. Following her groundbreaking success at the 2012 Olympic games in London, Douglas appeared at the 2012 Video Music Awards with the rest of the "Fierce Five," and even joined Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj on stage for a performance of Keys' "Girl on Fire."

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