Final Five: Where is Olympic gymnastics team now?
The Final Five gathers at the P&G Championships this weekend, but the gold-medal-winning gymnasts will not be in competition leotards.
Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian are set to be inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in Anaheim on Saturday.
They will also be honored inside the Honda Center on Sunday, following the final day of competition.
But for the first time since 2008, zero Olympians are entered at a national championships.
Will any of them come back before the Tokyo Games? A look at where each gymnast stands, one year after they dominated in Rio:
Four golds, one bronze in Rio
The Olympic all-around champion reportedly said in January that she plans to return to training at the end of 2017 or early 2018.
“I don’t know [what year] I’ll be back for the world championships,” Biles said then, according to the Houston Chronicle. “I have to get in shape, and we have trials for worlds, but hopefully the next goal after if I make worlds teams and championships is the Olympics again.”
Biles’ longtime coach, Aimee Boorman, moved from Texas to Florida after Rio.
Three Olympic medals, all gold
The 2012 Olympic all-around champion is the lone member of the Final Five who has not committed to returning to training.
“We’ll see. I mean, right now, it’s up in the air,” Douglas said last month. “I’m enjoying the time off.”
After the London Games, Douglas returned to training the following spring, bouncing around the country before ultimately landing in Ohio for her return to competition in March 2015.
“This time is different because I’ve been to two Olympics, and I always wanted to go to two Olympics,” Douglas said. “But right now since I’ve been doing gymnastics for 14 years, I am taking this time off, especially growing into my own person.”
Six Olympic medals, three gold
The senior member of the Final Five -- Raisman is 23 -- was the first team member to commit to another Olympic run. Last September, Raisman said she planned to take a year off.
“I’m going to take off a little bit of time, just because I think I need a little bit of a break,” Raisman said on “Ellen” two weeks after the Rio Closing Ceremony. “I took a full year off in 2012 [after the London Olympics]. I’m going to do the same thing.”
If Raisman repeats the plan from the last Olympic cycle, she would train in 2018 and return to competition in 2019.
Olympic team gold, balance beam silver
Hernandez, after winning “Dancing with the Stars,” said she planned to return to the sport but did not have a set date.
“I plan on easing back into [gymnastics training] at the end of the summer,” she said, according to an Inside Gymnastics report in June. “I think mentally and physically I needed a break, but I’m ready to get back at it soon.”
Olympic team gold, uneven bars silver
Kocian is the lone member of the team who has competed since Rio, but it wasn’t on the elite stage. The Texan did a full freshman season for UCLA with a torn labrum and partially torn rotator cuff in her shoulder.
Most women retire from elite international competition when they choose the NCAA route. Kocian had not yet, as of June, but is taking this summer off.
“I know I have accomplished so much already,” she said in June. “It’s just a matter of if I feel like I need to do anything else before closing that door. It’s still open. I could stop in college after next year and start training [elite], or finish my four years in college and continue my life.”
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