Gabby Douglas Postpones Return To Gymnastics Due To Positive COVID Test

Gabby Douglas’ eagerly anticipated return to gymnastics has hit a roadblock. The three-time Olympic medalist disclosed that she has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the postponement of her comeback. The news surfaced just ahead of the 2024 Winter Cup in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was primed to make her competitive return on the beam, floor, and vault.

In a heartfelt statement shared on Instagram, Douglas expressed her disappointment.

“Hey guys. I’m so sad to say that I won’t be competing this weekend. I was so excited to get back out on the competition floor, but unfortunately, I just tested positive for COVID,” the post read.

 Despite her setback, she expressed gratitude for the support she has received: “Thank you so much for all of your support and positive energy – it really does mean the world to me. I’m crushed but I’ll see you guys soon! Sending my best to everyone competition.”

This postponement comes on the heels of Douglas’ recent announcement of her return to the sport, marking her first competitive appearance since the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Her determination was palpable in a video she shared on Instagram while training, where she expressed her commitment to seizing every moment of her return.

“Wow guys, what a journey so far. it’s had its ups and downs, but i’m not done pushing the boundaries,” she said in the caption. I’m determined to make every moment count! SO happy to get back out on the competition floor and enjoy this sport that i fell in love with as a little girl. here’s to never giving up on our dreams. let’s do this.”

Douglas had hinted at her comeback in July 2023, signaling her desire to rediscover her passion for the sport after a period of reflection and introspection. She emphasized her excitement for the challenge ahead, using the hashtag “2024” to denote her aspirations.

The Winter Cup in Louisville was intended to be a crucial stepping stone for Douglas as she aimed to prepare for potential participation in the upcoming Olympics in Paris. However, with her current setback, Douglas must refocus her efforts on recovery and regaining her health.

Should Douglas successfully make her comeback and secure a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, she would join an elite group of athletes. Her achievement would be historic, aligning her with the likes of Dominique Dawes as one of the few American women to compete in three Olympic Games. Simone Biles, her former teammate from the 2016 Olympics, also aims to vie for this distinction, with her season likely commencing at the U.S. Classic in May.