Gabby Douglas aiming for 2014 return

Gabby Douglas is pretty much over basking in the afterglow of

Olympic glory.

Sure, the trappings of becoming the first American gymnast to

win team and Olympic all-around gold medals in the same games are

nice. The talk shows. The commercial opportunities. There’s even

talk of a movie on her life story in the works.

Yet the 17-year-old wasn’t kidding when she said he plans on

making a run at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. Any doubt Douglas

had about that desire vanished while making an appearance at the

Secret Classic in Chicago last month.

Watching the sport that has shaped her life move on without her,

Douglas returned to coach Liang Chow’s gym in Iowa eager to get

back to work.

”It’s weird sitting on the sidelines,” Douglas said Friday

shortly before she and the rest of her ”Fierce Five” were

inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. ”I want to be able

to get back there and compete and that I can compete so that I have

the ability too.”

Douglas is tentatively pointing toward the 2014 US women’s

gymnastics championships as the official return date. That plan can

change as she tries to reboot her career. Make no mistake, however,

she will compete again.

”I want to come back,” Douglas said.

So does Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman. While teammates Kyla Ross

and McKayla Maroney took short breaks before returning to training,

Douglas, Wieber and Raisman did their best to enjoy the perks of

becoming overnight sensations. Raisman did a season of ”Dancing

With the Stars” while Wieber finished up high school and

crisscrossed the country making all kinds of appearances.

Wieber, the 2011 world all-around champion, is back working with

coach John Geddert but is planning to enroll at UCLA in the fall.

She will continue to train in Los Angeles but could return to

training in Michigan. School, at the moment, is the higher


”If I don’t get college started now, it might be three years

from now to get started,” Wieber said. ”So maybe I’ll get it

started now, in a year maybe come back and train. I’m not really

sure what our plans are.”

Neither is Raisman, who came home from London with three medals.

At this point, she and coach Mihai Brestyan have talked in only

general terms. Raisman only says she’ll get in training ”soon”

and that her biggest concern at the moment is conditioning and

pacing herself. Putting together skills and routines will come much


”Mihai said it’s totally on me, no one can force me to come

back,” Raisman said. ”It’s my decision, which has been really

great. I know they want me to come back but they want me to go out

and have fun and get everything out of my system so that when I’m

back I’m really back.”

CARDINAL RULE: Kyla Ross is the youngest member of the Fierce

Five and the only one who remained an amateur after the games.

Looking back, the decision wasn’t a terribly difficult one.

While Ross would have seen a boost to her bank account if she

surrendered her amateur status, it likely wouldn’t have been enough

to cover the cost of college. The math didn’t add up for Ross or

her parents, particularly when the California native’s list of

potential schools includes Stanford.

A year after standing atop the podium in London, Ross is

confident she made the right call. So are her parents, who don’t

have to shuttle the 16-year-old around just to collect a


”You can pick and choose and say sorry, she’s got to train,”

Kiana Ross said. ”I don’t have someone who’s making money off of

her saying come on you have to do this. ”

It’s a path that world for Bridget Sloan. The member of the 2008

Olympic team and the 2009 world all-around champion remained an

amateur before stepping away from elite competition last summer.

She just finished her freshman year at Florida, where she won the

NCAA all-around title this spring.

KOCIAN WITHDRAWS: Madison Kocian withdrew from the women’s

championships on Friday after suffering a sprained left ankle

during the preliminaries on Thursday. Kocian was actually in the

lead through two rotations after posting a 15.0 on uneven bars and

a 14.8 on balance beam. She was near the end of her floor exercise

routine when she rolled the ankle at the end of a tumbling run.

Simone Biles will take a .750-point lead into the finals on

Saturday over Ross. Brenna Dowell is third followed by Peyton Ernst

and Maggie Nichols.