Here’s Why Gabby Douglas Didn’t Visit the White House With the Rest of the Final Five

Gabby Douglas
Gabby Douglas the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Bummer! While Final Five gymnasts Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles and Madison Kocian visited the White House and met President Barack Obama on Thursday, September 29, teammate Gabby Douglas was home recovering from having her wisdom teeth removed on Monday.

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The Olympic gold medalist 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.

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The gymnast has been noticeably absent from many of the Final Five’s public appearances since the Summer Olympics in Rio, including MTV’s Video Music Awards in August and the U.S. Olympic Committee Awards show Wednesday. Douglas also had oral surgery in late August due to an infection, which is why she was unable to attend the VMAs.

#poutyface all good tho #iwantsomechickenwings

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Though Douglas wasn’t able to join her teammates Thursday, the other four members of the Final Five definitely enjoyed themselves at the White House, where they met not just President Obama, but also First Lady Michelle, 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 funny pictures and videos of their visit.

Aly Raisman Laurie Hernandez Simone Biles Madison Kocian
Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles and Madison Kocian visit the White House and meet Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama. Courtesy White House/Twitter

The Final Five won Team of the Olympic Games at the Team USA Awards on Thursday in Washington, D.C., for their record-breaking nine team medals during the summer games. 

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