Gabby Douglas hopes to compete in all 4 events at P&G Championships
Gabby Douglas wants to enter the full slate of events at the P&G Championships in August, she told The Associated Press on Monday.
Douglas, 18, has not competed since the London Olympics, where she won individual and team all-around gold. She took time away from the gym after London, moving to Los Angeles.
But she moved back to Des Moines, Iowa, and resumed training in April with the coach who helped her to double Olympic gold, Liang Chow.
She attended her first U.S. National Team camp in Texas three weeks ago and is expected to return for the next camp next week.
U.S. National Team coordinator Martha Karolyi has said she wants to see Douglas compete not only at P&G Championships (Aug. 21-24) but also at the Secret U.S. Classic on Aug. 2 in Hoffman Estates, Ill., if she wants to be considered for the team that goes to the World Championships in Nanning, China, that begin Oct. 3.
Douglas is training with an eye on the Rio 2016 Olympics. No U.S. female gymnast has made back-to-back Olympic teams since 1996 and 2000.
“I am totally excited for Rio,” Douglas told TeamUSA.org. “Seeing it [on TV during the World Cup] definitely makes me even more excited.”
Douglas was in Pittsburgh, site of the P&G Championships, to promote Olympic Day. Douglas and more than 700 people performed simultaneous cartwheels to set a world record.