Gabby Douglas Hints Being Bitter-Sweet With Entering Olympic Year At 28

Published 12/31/2023, 11:15 AM EST

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In the wake of the Paris Olympics, fans are already with folded hands to see Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and Sunisa Lee in the stripes and stars for once. The famed trio in gymnastics completes the team that earned Olympic all-around gold. Moreover, the winning spree would continue for five in the trot if Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson joined the occasion with their earning of gold medals. However, Gabby in the pack showed unsettling movements to make fans’ commotion hard. 

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After 2016, Gabby Douglas appeared in Katy training camp only to strengthen her participation in the next Olympics. However, for the soon-to-be birthday girl, things jumbled up in place. 

The birthday elevation in Gabby Douglas’ way 

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On December 30, Gabby Douglas took to her IG story to stir up the much-augmented debate on her age. The 3X Olympic champion lifted the veil from her emotion of becoming another year older with a crying emoji and the caption, “28 tomorrow?!?!!?”.

But facing invectives in many forms remained nothing new for Gabby Douglas. So, in a slaying comeback, her following IG story flouted her wonder of becoming 28 years old. That breather showcased her leopard-pitched stilettos.

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That’s how she rolls nowadays, giving fans a major goal of 2012 when she reigned in the Olympics gymnastics rings. Her IG post on December 11 echoed that sentiment only, with the caption, “giving y’all that 2012 smile”. That was something keeping her in the race with Simone Biles and Yul Moldauer

The gymnastics trio are already way past their sweet ages to unfurl moments in the gymnastics bar or court. But Simone Biles and Yul Moldauer never went off-color to make an impression. Gabby’s 2016 Olympics ring partner, Simone Biles, made a show at the World Championships at the age of 26. The same went with Yul, 27 defying odds in the 2023 Winter Cup. However, Gabby Douglas knew her challenges in making a comeback at that age. 

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The inspiration 

In 2017, Gabby Douglas took an abrupt off after the fiasco with Larry Nassar, the former national team doctor. Since then, many things have changed in the sport. Gabby shut the door of the game by not being a spectator merely. But that wasn’t enough to deter her from making a comeback before the Olympic year.

“I didn’t want to end it that way. I never announced retirement”, she claimed to the Time Magazine podcast. Rather, the Olympics worked as a motivation for her. So she chose to join the monthly training camp of USA Gymnastics this year. 

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Olympic Legend Gabby Douglas Shuts Absurd Shade With 1-Word Bomb

Still, she knows things are hard. The presence of Biles, Shilese Jones, and Rebecca Andrade in the final three gave her a little chance for her to cut. But here she is, with all her flamboyance that once defeated the stalwart Viktoria Komova in the Olympics bar.

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Prasun Chakrabarty

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Hello there! I am Prasun Chakrabarty, an Olympics sports writer at EssentiallySports. Being an adrenaline junkie, I take a keen interest in creating insights about various avenues of the sporting realm. As an ardent swimming enthusiast, I take inspiration from the Baltimore Bullet Michael Phelps and love to create insights on various nooks and crannies around the turquoise turf.
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