Gabby Douglas Withdraws From U.S. Gymnastics Championships

Gabby Douglas Withdraws From U.S. Gymnastics Championships
Gabby Douglas
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has withdrawn from the U.S. gymnastics championships in Fort Worth, Texas, due to an ankle injury sustained during training this week. This injury ends her surprising attempt to make the 2024 Paris Olympic team after an eight-year break. At 28, Douglas would have been the oldest American woman to compete in gymnastics at the Olympics since 1952. Despite her injury, she expressed pride in her 18-month comeback journey. “I love this sport and I love pushing my limits”, Douglas told ESPN. "I hope I can inspire both my peers and the next generation of gymnasts that age is just a number, and you can accomplish anything you work hard for”.

As a two-time Olympian, Douglas made history by becoming the first Black gymnast to win the Olympic all-around title at the 2012 London Games and contributed to the U.S. team golds in London and Rio in 2016. She announced her return to gymnastics in February and competed again in April at the American Classic in Katy, Texas, where she qualified for the U.S. championships. At the U.S. Classic in Hartford, Connecticut, earlier this month, she struggled on bars before withdrawing from the rest of the competition. The U.S. championships would have been her last opportunity to earn a spot at the Olympic trials in Minneapolis in June. Instead, she plans to recover and start preparing for the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028, when she will be 32. “I proved to myself and to the sport that my skills remain at an elite level”, said Douglas, who also plans to reunite with her longtime representative, Lowell Taub of Range Sports. “My plan is to continue to train for the L.A. 2028 Olympics. It would be such an honor to represent the U.S. at a home Olympics”.

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