Gabby Douglas makes comeback official, eyeing Paris 2024

By Patricia Duffy | July 13, 2023
Gabby Douglas on beam

2012 Olympic all-around champion and three-time Olympic medalist Gabby Douglas confirmed her elite gymnastics comeback on Thursday, alluding to a push for the 2024 Paris Olympics – what would be her third Games.

“Hey guys, long time no post,” Douglas said on Instagram. “As you all know, I stepped back from the socials, and in that time, I did a lot of journaling, reflecting, soul searching and found myself back where it all began. It’s so easy to suppress and run away from facing darkness and fears for many years; I’ve had an ache in my heart, but I didn’t want to keep carrying anger, pain, sadness, or regret, and through my tears and hurt, I’ve found peace.

“I wanted to find the joy again for the sport that I absolutely love doing. 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”

WOGA head coach Valeri Liukin confirmed Douglas’ comeback in February after she was spotted training at the gym in the fall.