Now that she’s on her way to the Olympics, Gabby Douglas has a new goal.
“I’m hoping I can catch an accent,” she said. “I’ve always wanted an accent.”
Look out London. The 16-year-old whose “Flying Squirrel” nickname might be the only thing more appealing than her personality or her high-flying uneven bars routine is ready to take on a new continent after upsetting world champion Jordyn Wieber to win the Olympic trials Sunday night.
Oh, she’s bringing friends, too. Led by the 1-2 punch of Douglas and Wieber, this will be the strongest team the Americans have had since 1996, one that will be not just favored but expected to bring home only the second Olympic team gold.
McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, who were with Douglas and Wieber on the U.S. team that won the title at last fall’s world championships, also made the team, as did Kyla Ross.
“This is a very strong team. I feel this team is even stronger than four years ago,” said Douglas’ coach, Liang Chow.
Considering that 2008 squad had Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson and Alicia Sacramone, that’s a pretty bold statement. After seeing Douglas’ stunning ascension over the last six months, however, no one should bet against her and the Americans.
“You want to peak at the right time,” Douglas said. “And also still be awesome and great.”
Douglas convinced her mother to let her leave her hometown of Virginia Beach, Va., almost two years ago to move to Iowa and train with Chow, Johnson’s coach. Though she was a member of that world team, few would have ever guessed that she, rather than Russia’s Aliya Mustafina or Viktoria Komova, would present the biggest challenge to Wieber.
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