Olympic great Gabby Douglas makes gymnastics return after 8 years away

Olympic legend Gabby Douglas made her official return to gymnastics on Saturday at the American Classic. She scored a 50.65 at the event.


Olympic legend Gabby Douglas participated in her first gymnastics event in eight years on Saturday when she competed in the American Classic.

Douglas, who became the first Black woman to win the Olympic all-around competition at the 2012 London Games, posted a 50.65 in the all-around at the American Classic. She hit a double-twisting Yurchenko on the vault, which turned out to be her best event.

She’s already qualified for multiple events for the U.S. Championships next month. She could try to qualify for the all-around again at nationals.

Douglas last competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics and helped the United States win the team competition, following up from their 2012 win at the London Games. She also won an all-around gold in London.

Douglas stepped away from the sport but never officially retired. She sought her comeback attempt after the 2022 U.S. Championships. She trained for two years and was initially set to make her official return in February at the Winter Cup. But that was derailed due to a positive COVID-19 test result.

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