Gabby Douglas sets gymnastics comeback, first meet in seven years

Gabby Douglas sets gymnastics comeback, first meet in seven years

Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion, plans to return to gymnastics competition later this month for the first time since the 2016 Olympics.

Douglas, 28, said on Hollie Jackson Now that she plans to compete at the Winter Cup on Feb. 24 in Louisville, Kentucky, the first significant domestic meet of this Olympic year.

It's an early tune-up for May's U.S. Championships and June's Olympic Trials.

Douglas announced last July that she returned to the gym with an eye on a 2024 Olympic bid.

“I wanted to find the joy again for the sport that i absolutely love doing,” was posted on her social media at the time. “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. there’s so much to be said but for now….let’s do this #2024.”

In November, Douglas attended her first USA Gymnastics camp since 2016, an indicator that a return to competition was imminent.

She has been training at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Texas.

Douglas can become the oldest U.S. Olympic female gymnast since 1952, according to the OlyMADMen.

The Olympic team of five will be named after June's trials, where the field could include up to 10 women who own at least one Olympic or world championships medal.