Gabby Douglas is on the Road to Rio and she clinched a major title this weekend at the American Cup.
Douglas posted a score of 60.195 and avoided any major mistakes to edge U.S. teammate Maggie Nichols, who came in second with a total of 59.699. Elsabeth Black of Canada was a distant third.
Douglas is attempting to become the first woman in nearly 50 years to repeat as Olympic champion.
“From the bottom of my heart, I really believe that I can achieve more,” Douglas 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.”
The American Cup isn’t the only huge competition on Douglas’ calendar. She’s also competing at the P&G Championships in St. Louis on June 23–26 before the U.S. Olympic trials in San Jose on July 8–10. The U.S. Olympic team is selected after the trials.
In the meantime, Douglas still sees room for improvement.
“[I need] cleaner landings on my floor, on my turns, too,” Douglas said. “The one I was most pleased with was the beam because I wanted it to be really solid. There’s still more work left to be done though. I’ll take it.”