Gabby Douglas Withdraws From Star-Studded U.S. Classic After One Rough Event

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist fell twice on the uneven bars.
Gabby Douglas competes during the women's uneven bars finals in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Gabby Douglas competes during the women's uneven bars finals in the 2016 Olympic Games. / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Gabby Douglas officially withdrew after one event at the 2024 Core Hydration Classic on Saturday—the final qualifying event for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

Douglas was aiming to gain an all-around qualification score (51.000) for the upcoming championships later this month, but she posted just a 10.100 after falling twice on the uneven bars. A few minutes later, USA Gymnastics confirmed that Douglas had withdrawn from the event.

Douglas is already qualified to do three events at nationals—the vault, balance beam and bars.

Douglas, the 28-year-old 2012 Olympic all-around gold medalist, is aiming to make Team USA again for the upcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris. She did not compete at the 2020 Tokyo Games but announced last summer that she resumed training in an attempt to compete in gymnastics again.

The 2024 Core Hydration Classic in Hartford, Conn., featured three all-around Olympic gold medalists—Douglas, Simone Biles and Suni Lee—competing against each other for the first time.

The U.S. Gymnastics Championships are scheduled to begin May 30 in Fort Worth, Texas.


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