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By: Donna Freydkin

She was the 2012 all-around gymnastics gold medalist. Given her sport's rules, she couldn't compete this time in Rio, because only two gymnasts from each country quality. And yet Gabby Douglas doesn't sound bitter or dissatisfied or frustrated. To the contrary. And that's after she got ridiculous flack for not putting her hand to her heart during the national anthem.

"I feel pretty amazing. Not too shabby. It was amazing to be back on another Olympic podium. Aand accomplishing one of my goals, which was to come back," she says.

And before you even ask, yes, you could possibly see her in Tokyo, at the next Olympics. "I hadn't really ruled that out yet. I'm taking time off. I'm still in Rio. I go home tomorrow and then fly to New York and do media with the team," says Douglas.

GYMNASTICS-OLY-2016-RIO-PODIUMGYMNASTICS-OLY-2016-RIOThe whole team is taking a bit of a break from hard-core training and competition, says Douglas, who wants to hit some amusement parks with her family. Later on, she'll get back onto the beam and bars. "You ease back into it. A couple of hours a day. You can't force your body into it. You have to start off slow. Everyone starts off that way," says Douglas.

She's got a lot of stuff going on, as the face of Gillette Venus. Plus, there's the team tour of the United States.

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Douglas wears those high-cut leotards, as do the rest of her teammates. She says Venus is crucial to, well, "keeping it looking good," she says with a giggle.

"In general, for me one of the things that keeps me going is the Venus. It's given me a flawless finish. Especially when I have to be in a leotard. There are cameras everywhere. Shaving is one of the things I do before competing. Moisturizing my skin is another, and I put sunscreen on my face," says Douglas.

Speaking of faces, Douglas couldn't contain her glee during one major moment in Rio. Like how about that time in the Rio cafeteria when three-time gold medalist Usain Bolt walked in -- and Douglas almost lost her mind?

"For me, I've been taking it all in. We got very excited when Usain walked in. We went over to him. I realized that I needed to keep it cool but I got so excited. He's never been in the Olympic village. I'd met him before and I kept my cool and casually walked by," she says.

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The U.S. women's gymnastics team, from left, Gabrielle Douglas, Lauren Hernandez and Alexandra Raisman greet teammate Simone Biles after her floor routine secured the gold medal in the team competition on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at the Rio Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. (Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Simone Biles of the United States competes on the floor during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Lauren Hernandez of the United States competes on the floor during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Madison Kocian (L) and Gabrielle Douglas (R) of the United States congratulate after Alexandra Raisman competing on the floor during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Alexandra Raisman of the United States competes on the floor during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 9, 2016: Lauren Hernandez of the United States performs her floor exercise routine to win the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, at the Rio Olympic Arena. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Simone Biles of the United States competes on the floor during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: (L to R) Madison Kocian, Simone Biles, Alexandra Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas of the United States celebrate winning the gold medal during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
U.S. gymnast Lauren Hernandez competes in the floor exercise on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at the Rio Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The U.S. women's squad captured the gold medal in the team competition. (Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: (L to R) Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian, Simone Biles, Alexandra Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas of the United States celebrate winning the gold medal during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Lauren Hernandez of the United States competes on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Simone Biles of the United States looks on during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Lauren Hernandez of the United States competes on the floor during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Lauren Hernandez (left) of the United States congratulates teammate Alexandra Raisman after her floor routine during the women's team gymnastics final on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The United States women won the event. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Alexandra Raisman of the United States prepares to compete on vault during the women's team gymnastics final on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The United States women won the event. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
US gymnast Alexandra Raisman competes in the Beam event during the women's team final Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016. / AFP / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Simone Biles of the United States competes on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas competes in the Uneven Bars event during the women's team final Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016. / AFP / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Lauren Hernandez of the United States prepares ro compete on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Simone Biles of the United States competes on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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