Olympic gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas announces his return to competition
Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic gymnastics champion, will return to competition for the first time in nearly eight years at the Winter Cup in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 24.
The 28-year-old Douglas, who made the announcement on NBC News NOW on Tuesday, was a teenager when she competed in London and became the first Black woman to win an Olympic title. She has not competed since helping the United States win gold at the 2016 Olympics.
The three-time Olympic gold medalist took an extended sabbatical after the Rio de Janeiro Games, but returned to training in 2022 and announced last summer that she would try out for the 2024 Olympic team.
“I never announced my retirement,” Douglas told NBC. “I didn’t want to quit the sport like I did in 2016. I wanted to take a step back and work on improving myself and my mental state.”
Douglas joins a crowded and decorated field hoping to make the five-woman Olympic team, including 2016 Olympic champion Simone Biles and 2020 Olympic champion Sunisa Lee. Biles returned to competition last summer after a two-year hiatus and won her sixth world title in the all-around competition last fall.
Douglas said she was “definitely” pointing toward Paris but added that she was taking things day by day.
The Winter Cup is the first major US meet of the year, with the Games looming in late July. Douglas shared part of her journey on her social media channels, including an extended look at her work on the uneven bars, historically her strongest event.
“I honestly love going to the gym and getting my skills back,” Douglas said. “It’s very exciting.”
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