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Gabby Douglas Is Getting Ready For The 2016 Olympics

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gabbyBy: Stephanie Allen-Gobert

On Monday, Gabby Douglas reunited with her longtime gymnastics coach Liang Chow at his gym in West Des Moines, Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. She is taking another shot for the gold medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Douglas told reporter John Naughton, “Coming back was just very exciting. I definitely missed my team sisters.” Since capturing the individual all around gold medal and team gold at the 2012 Olympics in London, Douglas has written books, made cameos on TV shows and walked countless red carpets. She even executive produced her own biopic. In August, she left Chow and her training base in Iowa to move to Los Angeles and be closer to her family.

At the time, Chow and his wife Liwen Zhuang thought that was the last time they would coach the now 18 year old Douglas. Nearly eight months later, Douglas is back, “I was a little bit nervous before I saw her, because there were so many questions,” Chow told Naughton. “I feel like I know what I’m doing and what we need to do for the next steps.”

Douglas told’s Ronke Idowu Reeves this week that competing in the 2016 Olympics is her “main goal and focus.”

Douglas shared this information with Todd Johnson from in 2012, “Definitely looking forward to Rio.” Her reunion with her former coach makes that statement sound stronger than ever.

Gabrielle Douglas is the first women of color of any nationality and the first African American gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion. She is also the first American gymnast to win gold in both the gymnastic individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympic game.

The 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


  1. Michael Rossano Jr

    April 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    So glad Gabby (America’s SSweetheart is competing in the Olympics again…She is Fabulously Awesome and will make the Olympics much more interesting to watch, as well as give me someone to Cheer for. She made the last Olympics very Special and Exciting! Good Luck Lovely Gabby…We Love YOU!

  2. Velma Hendersom

    April 18, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    God bless you Gabby and I wish you the best.

  3. D. Virgil

    April 20, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Go for it Gabby!!! America will be cheering you on!!!

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