Gabby Douglas is fresh off a blistering performance at the 2012 London Olympics, but that doesn’t put the 16-year-old superstar above some friendly nutrition advice from an expert on the subject.
During an appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show, Douglas admitted that she indulged in some McDonald’s food after the Olympics, the Associated Press reported. Unfortunately for Douglas, one of the nation’s most vocal advocates of a healthy diet and lifestyle was within earshot. First lady Michelle Obama, also appearing on the show, teased Gabby Douglas about the food choice.
“You’re setting me back, Gabby,” Obama told Douglas during a taping Monday for the Tonight Show, according to a network transcript.
Douglas, who confessed to eating a McDonalds’ breakfast sandwich after winning two gold medals, was apologetic in her response.
“Sorry!” Douglas told the first lady.
Gabby Douglas left the 2012 London Olympics as one of the games’ breakout stars. With her near-constant grin, the bubbly teenager won over television audiences as her performances in the gym helped America to gold. Aside from leading the team to the title, Douglas became the third straight American athlete and first ever African-American to win the all-around title.
Tonight Show host Jay Leno took the opportunity to ask if the Olympics’ experience matched Douglas’ expectations.
“I think it’s very different, and when I mean `different’ it’s in a better way,” Douglas replied. “I mean, I never thought I would be doing the show with the first lady, or even you, Jay.”
Michelle Obama took note of Douglas’ wording, teasing the Tonight Show host.
“Even you too, Jay!” she replied before Leno could answer.
Gabby Douglas wasn’t the only one put in the hot seat during the appearance. Leno took the opportunity to ask Michelle Obama why it appeared she snubbed her husband in July when the couple was featured on a “kiss cam” at a basketball game.
Obama replied that she didn’t realize it was a kiss cam, thinking only that she was being featured on the Jumbotron. After the couple was booed for not kissing, Michelle and Barack Obama’s daughter Malia clued them in.
“She was just disgusted with us,” Obama recounted. “She said, `Why didn’t you kiss?’”
Gabby Douglas, who the Huffington Post noted will be featured in a mural in her hometown, took the Tonight Show appearance as a chance to announce her future plans. When asked by Leno if she planned on competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Douglas answered: “Oh, definitely.”