When Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas won the American Cup on Saturday, it proved the gymnast is serious about the Olympics this summer.
According to USA Today, Douglas, now 20, received the high score on every exercise except the floor exercise, and hopes that her outstanding performance removes any doubts about her ability to compete in Rio this summer.
While Douglas has her eyes set on gold a second time around, doubt is understandable, as only six American women have competed in a second Olympics and no female has repeated a gold medal win since 1968, when Vera Caslavska won.
However, former national team coordinator Bela Karolyi reportedly believes that if anyone can do it, it will be Douglas.
“She’s one of a kind. I’ve never seen something like that in my life,” she said. “She made a clear statement. She’s a super talent, a super talented young lady. If somebody in my life has a chance to repeat, she’s the one.”
While Douglas admits that she certainly needs intermittent competition to shake up the monotony of training, she also feels stronger mentally, having already experienced the process of training for the international competition,USA Today reports.
“From the bottom of my heart, I really believe that I can achieve more,” she said. “And it’s just not for the wrong intentions. I’m like, ‘Guys, I’m back. I’m serious.’ I feel like gradually and the more and more I keep proving that, I really hope that people believe it.”