Gabby Douglas, Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Splits With Coach


London Olympics Artistic Gymnastics Women: U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is hugged by coach Liang Chow after her performance on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas is leaving her coach Liang Chow, again.

Douglas and Liang reunited for the first time earlier this year since 2012, but it lasted less than three months.

“She’s not in the gym anymore,” Chow told The Des Moines Register.  “She is searching for a new coach, I guess. We had an understanding, a tryout period… When the period was over, she had to make a decision — either train here or train somewhere else. As I talked to her, I respect her opinion on her decision.”

Douglas left Chow’s gym last August, raising questions about whether she would leave permanently.

Douglas will now leave the coach that gave led her to multiple gold medals to find another to help her make the U.S. team for the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

She  did not explain her decision but told the Associated Press  she is committed to making the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. “I’m committed to Rio,” Douglas said. “I’m not going to let anything get in the way of that. This comeback is for real.”

In 2010 at age 14, Douglas moved from her home in Virginia Beach to West Des Moines, to follow her dream of training under Liang Chow.

Chow had previously coached Shawn Johnson, the 2007 World Champion and 2008 Summer Olympics gold medalist.

While training with Chow, Douglas gave up her dream and moved back home to Virginia Beach.  However, her family convinced her to go back and not to let all this hard work go to waste.

Douglas listened and went back to train with Chow for the 2012 Olympics.

Douglas, along with her teammates, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber, won the team all-around gold medal.

She then went on to win the gold medal in the individual all-around, making her the first African-American woman, as well as the first woman of color of any nationality, to win the event.

She is also the first American gymnast ever to win both the team and individual all-around gold at the same Olympics.

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