Gabby Douglas withdrew from the United States Championship after her return

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas withdrew from the US gymnastics championships. Douglas will not play in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend because of an ankle injury.

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Gabby Douglas withdrew from the United States Championship

Douglas’ unfortunate injury ended her bid to make the Paris 2024 Olympic team. Gabby returned to competition this spring after a nearly eight-year absence, hoping to make the U.S. team for this summer’s Paris Olympics.

Despite the circumstances, the gymnast said GAME that she is proud of what she has achieved 18 months back.

“I love this sport and I love pushing my limits. I hope I can inspire both my colleagues and the next generation of gymnasts that age is just a number and you can achieve anything you put your mind to.” Douglas told ESPN.

According to EPSN, Gabby was the first black gymnast to win the Olympic all-around championship at the 2012 London Games and helped the United States win back-to-back team gold medals in London and Rio in 2016.

Gabby officially announced her return in early February this year. She then returned to competition in April at the American Classic in Katy, Texas, where she qualified for the United States championships.

Social media reacts to Gabby’s injury

Following the announcement of Gabby’s withdrawal, Roomies showed their love for the Olympic champion in Shade Room comments section. Several social media users shared their disappointment over the news and wished her well for her speedy recovery.

Instagram user @thislittleliteofmine wrote, “I don’t feel like she gets enough support from her fellow athletes/friends. They are all enamored with Simone and forget that Gabby walked so Simone could run.

Instagram user @vibe.lino wrote, “Does that mean there are no Olympics for her?”

While Instagram user @_diorsax_ wrote: “I pray she gets better.”

Instagram user @aprnbeauty then wrote: “Awwww bro Gabby, I know she really wants this! I was cheering for her! She was the best of her time, your legacy cannot be erased, young lady!!! Get well soon.”

Instagram user @moneyluvsme____ wrote, “She has nothing to prove!”

Instagram user @loulouceesay wrote, “This is so sad, I was hoping to see it. she turned around. Maybe next year.”

Instagram user @_tysunraveling wrote, “Praying for her healing, peace and success!!”

Finally, Instagram user @congoqueen08 wrote: “We are forever cheering for you.”

Gabby looks to the future

The US Championships are probably Gabby’s last chance to receive an invitation to the Olympic trials in Minneapolis in June. However, she plans to continue training to prepare for the 2028 Games in Los Angeles. She will also reunite with her longtime agent, Lowell Taub of Range Sports.

“I have proven to myself and to the sport that my skills are still at an elite level. My plan is to continue training for the 2028 LA Olympics. It will be an honor to represent the United States at the Olympics on home soil,” Gabby said in a statement.

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