Something about being at the Karolyi ranch brings out the best in Gabby Douglas.
The reigning Olympic all-around champion is headed in a “very, very good direction” after spending the last week at the ranch, Martha Karolyi said Monday. So much so that she hasn’t missed a routine on balance beam in the last four or five days.
“I’m pleased,” Karolyi said. “It certainly is a work in progress, and every day we’re doing improvements. So I’m pretty confident she will be able to function well.”
Despite struggling at both the national championships and Olympic trials, Douglas edged Ashton Locklear out for the last spot on the five-woman team because she is more versatile. Douglas can do all four events while Locklear would likely only contribute on uneven bars.
But Karolyi also has worked with Douglas long enough to know she’d get back to medal-winning shape once she got to the ranch.
Last year, Douglas was very much on the bubble for the world championship team when she arrived at training camp. Not only did she make the squad, she finished second to Simone Biles in the all-around.
“Gabby is doing very, very good. Her attitude is extremely positive, very open to any suggestions and corrections in her training,” Karolyi said.
Douglas admitted she wasn’t as focused as she should have been going into the Olympic trials, where she fell twice on balance beam. Part of that, Karolyi said, was her last-minute decision to shuffle her coaching lineup.
But with that settled and nothing else to distract her since the women arrived at the ranch Sunday, Douglas has thrived.
Just as Karolyi knew she would.
Source: USA Today | Nancy Armour