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Three-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas is returning to gymnastics after an eight-year hiatus. Per People Magazine, “In her comeback meet this past weekend, the 2012-all-around Olympic gold medalist, 28, successfully qualified for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships at the end of May, setting her up for a trip to the Olympic Trials in June and potentially the 2024 Summer Olympics.” After the competition, Douglas shared a video of one of her highest scores on the vault.

She wrote, “8 years later. Well guys, it wasn’t my best showing this weekend, but I was so happy and grateful to be back out there on the floor doing what I love again. With anything, there are always kinks to work out, get better and improve. I’ve never been more excited to get back into the gym and work even harder. Forever grateful for all of your love and support. It means the world. I love you guys, and I’ll see you in Hartford ?.”

She concluded, “Hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made.” In an interview with NBS Sports, Douglas discussed her mindset as she prepares for the 2024 Paris Olympics. “I’ve been taking one day at a time. I’m honestly super excited to be back out there,” she said. If Douglas qualifies, she would be the “oldest American woman to compete in gymnastics since the ’50s.” She said, “I’m super grateful to my body to be able to hold up this sport.” Douglas concluded the interview with a piece of advice for everyone watching. “If you truly love what you do, then go for it,” she urged.


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Douglas announced her return to the sport and hinted at the possibility of competing in the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics on social media. She wrote, “Hey guys long time no post. As you all know, I stepped back from the socials, and in that time, I did a lot of journaling, reflecting, soul searching and found myself back where it all began.” She continued, “It’s so easy to suppress and run away from facing darkness and fears. For many years, I’ve had an ache in my heart, but I didn’t want to keep carrying anger, pain, sadness, or regret, and through my tears and hurt, I’ve found peace.

Douglas explained, “I wanted to find the joy again for the sport that I absolutely love doing. I know I have a huge task ahead of me, and I am beyond grateful and excited to get back out on the floor and even more grateful for all of your support and love. It truly means so much to me. There’s so much to be said, but for now, let’s do this.”

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