Gold-medal winning Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas threw out the first pitch at Citi Field before Thursday’s Mets-Rockies game.
“I’m a little more nervous, Douglas said before the big pitch. Everyone just tells me to throw the ball hard, so I’m going to throw it hard.”
The gymnast made a strong throw to Robert Carson and received a loud ovation from the crowd.
The appearance was part of a post-Olympic publicity tour for Douglas, who also recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno and David Letterman.
“I wanted everyone to know my story, know where I came from, know my background because it was not easy,” Douglas said, according to the New York Daily News. “I had to face a lot coming through this journey, a lot of sacrifices, difficulties, challenges, and injuries. I wanted everyone to know it’s still possible for anyone really. I wanted to make them know to never give up and always keep fighting, because though times may be tough, the sacrifices do pay off, so just keep pushing towards your dream and just love it at the same time and enjoy it,” Douglas said.