Olympic champion Gabby Douglas has new coach, won't compete until 2015

Monday August 4th, 2014

Former Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has begun training at a gym in Ohio under new coach Kittia Carpenter, as first reported by the Des Moines Register.

In July, Douglas left former coach Liang Chow, who helped train the American to all-around and team gold at the London Olympics. 

She began working out with Carpenter recently at Buckeye Gymnastics in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb in preparation for a run at making the U.S. team for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

While Douglas had said before she hoped to compete at the U.S. championships in Pittsburgh this month, she and Carpenter have decided to focus on developing new routines, and Douglas likely won't compete again until the 2015 world championships.

"I wasn't looking to leave Iowa, but I was placed in a position where I had to make a decision to find another coach," Douglas said, via the Associated Press. "Even though I have had to make that change, I'm committed to working hard to be a part of the 2016 Rio Olympic team."

No woman gymnast has repeated as all-around champion since 1968.

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