Twenty-year old Gabby Douglas is not playing around when it comes to making the 2016 Summer Olympics Team. And last night, she silenced her doubters with a stellar performance at the AT&T American Cup competition where she took home the top prize.
Douglas had a total score of 60.165, finishing first on every apparatus minus the floor exercise. Last night was the first time since 2012 that the reigning Olympic all-around gold medalist stood at the top of the podium, USA Today pointed out.
“From the bottom of my heart, I really believe that I can achieve more,” Douglas said. “And it’s just not for the wrong intentions. I’m like, ‘Guys, I’m back. I’m serious.’ I feel like gradually and the more and more I keep proving that, I really hope that people believe it.”
Douglas won America’s heart in 2012 at the London Games and she hopes to do the same in 2016. But it won’t be easy: Only six women from the U.S. have competed in two Olympics and only one has won the all-around twice, says USA Today. But famed gymnast coach and former national team coordinator Bela Karolyi strongly believes that Douglass has what it takes to make history. “I’ve never seen something like that in my life. If somebody in my life has a chance to repeat, she’s the one,” he said.
However, Douglas can’t forget that her dear friend and fellow American gymnast, three-time world champion Simone Biles, will be standing in her way. “If [Douglas] manages to add, to update the difficulty level of the performances, then she’s going to be a hell of a competitor for Simone. These two, again, they’re going to be able to show us to a major performance in the coming Olympic Games,” Karolyi stressed.
Regardless of what the future holds, Douglas’ fans have her back:
What’s next for Douglas? The Pacific Rim Championships in April, which will get her ready for the Olympic Trials in July. Good luck Gabby!