HARTFORD, Conn. — Gabby Douglas is pretty much over basking in the afterglow of Olympic glory.
Sure, the trappings of becoming the first American gymnast to win team and Olympic all-around gold medals in the same games are nice. The talk shows. The commercial opportunities. There’s even talk of a movie on her life story in the works.
Yet the 17-year-old wasn’t kidding when she said he plans on making a run at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. Any doubt Douglas had about that desire vanished while making an appearance at the Secret Classic in Chicago last month.
Watching the sport that has shaped her life move on without her, Douglas returned to coach Liang Chow’s gym in Iowa eager to get back to work.
“It’s weird sitting on the sidelines,” Douglas said Friday shortly before she and the rest of her “Fierce Five” were inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. “I want to be able to get back there and compete and that I can compete so that I have the ability too.”
Douglas is tentatively pointing toward the 2014 US women’s gymnastics championships as the official return date.
“I want to come back,” Douglas said.