Olympic champion Douglas back on national team
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman are back on the U.S. women’s national gymnastics team, a major step as the two Olympic champions point toward a return to the 2016 Rio Games.
The move means Douglas, the reigning Olympic all-around champion, and Raisman, a gold medalist on floor exercise, will be available to participate in international events starting in 2015.
They were vital parts of the “Fierce Five” that lifted the U.S. to its second Olympic team title in London two years ago. Douglas became the fourth American woman to capture the all-around, while Raisman added a bronze on balance beam.
National team coordinator Martha Karolyi added both Douglas and Raisman to the team after working with them at training camp this month.