RIO DE JANEIRO — Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas weren’t seeking a told-you-so moment. The gold medals around their necks are satisfying enough, thank you.
But the gymnasts did hear the questions early in their comebacks, skepticism of trying for a second Olympics at their age.
Never mind that both are relatively young — Raisman is 22 and Douglas is 20. In gymnastics, and particularly in U.S. gymnastics, one Olympics is usually all the women get.
But the pair got not only a second Games but a second trip to the podium, becoming the first American gymnasts to be part of two gold-medal winning teams.
“For me, I was just trying to show that it was possible, but not necessarily prove anybody wrong. I just wanted to go out there and really have fun,” said Douglas.