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    Gabby Douglas Wants To Repeat In Rio
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    Douglas won all-around golds in her first two competitions of 2016, the American Cup in Newark, N.J. and the City of Jesolo Trophy in Jesolo, Italy.

    One of the toughest Olympic sports in which to repeat as a gold medalist is gymnastics. Gabby Douglas is going to Rio to attempt something we haven’t seen since 1968—repeat as Olympic champion in the all-around event.

    Vera Caslavska of Czechoslovakia did it in 1968. In 1980, Nadia Comaneci of Romania came close, but received a silver medal after winning gold in 1976 in Montreal.

    Douglas was a surprise gold medal winner in 2012. She was 16 and weighed 94 pounds. Four years later she’s matured and is taller as well.

    Gymnastics is a teenager's sport. At 20, Gabby is now a woman.

    She's training again and understands she will not be the best U.S. gymnast going to Rio – that is Simone Biles, who is the favorite to win Gold in the women's all-around.

    The New York Times did an excellent feature on Gabby’s road to try and qualify for Team USA and try and defend her Olympic title. 

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