Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Olympics Notes: Defending Olympic Champ Douglas Struggles at Trials

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Olympics Notes: Defending Olympic Champ Douglas Struggles at Trials

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Douglas struggling at Trials

This was not supposed to be part of the story reigning Olympic champion Gabby Douglas had in mind when she set her sights on Rio.

A revelation in London four years ago, Douglas figured her bid for another shot at glory would be easy. Hard to blame her considering the way she so effortlessly reached the top of the podium, a soaring victory that made her a crossover star.

"I came back and said, 'Yes, this is going to be cake,'" Douglas said.

For a stretch last fall and this spring, it was. A silver medal in the all-around at the 2015 world championships showed her return was hardly just vanity run amok. Her professional effort while capturing events in New Jersey and Italy in March stirred inevitable comparisons to her Olympic run.

Yet, over the last month, the momentum stalled. The Douglas that hopped off the beam in frustration during the first night of Olympic Trials on Friday hardly looked like she was having a good time. …

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