Fans get a gold medal for shutting down this troll!
With an average of 27.5 million viewers over the course of 15 days, the Rio Olympics just took silver as the second most-watched Olympic Games.
Were you among those millions of viewers? What did you tune in for? For many Americans, this answer was easy: They tuned in to watch the American gymnastics teams.
Though not as mainstream a sport as, say, basketball or volleyball, gymnastics is one of those special Olympic favorites that draws millions out to watch, and this year, the American women’s team dominated the floor.
Known as the Final Five, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, and Simone Biles were the stars of this year’s games. Bringing home nine medals—five of them belonging to Biles—they were considered some of the best gymnasts the world has ever seen, and the best Olympics women’s gymnastics team in history.
Yet sadly, even such unimaginable accomplishments did not save these girls from your typical online harassment and vitriol. After Simone innocently posted a beach picture with Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman, one troll made a comment that Final Five fans and Simone Biles worshippers did NOT take lightly.