HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gabby Douglas is pretty much over basking in the afterglow of Olympic glory.
Sure, the trappings of becoming the first American gymnast to win team and Olympic all-around gold medals in the same games are nice. The talk shows. The commercial opportunities. There's even talk of a movie on her life story in the works.
Yet the 17-year-old wasn't kidding when she said he plans on making a run at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. Any doubt Douglas had about that desire vanished while making an appearance at the Secret Classic in Chicago last month.
Watching the sport that has shaped her life move on without her, Douglas returned to coach Liang Chow's gym in Iowa eager to get back to work.
"It's weird sitting on the sidelines," Douglas said Friday shortly before she and the rest of her "Fierce Five" were inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. "I want to be able to get back there and compete and that I can compete so that I have the ability too."
Douglas is tentatively pointing toward the 2014 US women's gymnastics championships as the official return date. That plan can change as she tries to reboot her career. Make no mistake, however, she will compete again.
"I want to come back," Douglas said.
So does Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman. While teammates Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney took short breaks before returning to training, Douglas, Wieber and Raisman did their best to enjoy the perks of becoming overnight sensations. Raisman did a season of "Dancing With the Stars" while Wieber finished up high school and crisscrossed the country making all kinds of appearances.
Wieber, the 2011 world all-around champion, is back working with coach John Geddert but is planning to enroll at UCLA in the fall. She will continue to train in Los Angeles but could return to training in Michigan. School, at the moment, is the higher priority.
"If I don't get college started now, it might be three years from now to get started," Wieber said. "So maybe I'll get it started now, in a year maybe come back and train. I'm not really sure what our plans are."
Neither is Raisman, who came home from London with three medals. At this point, she and coach Mihai Brestyan have talked in only general terms. Raisman only says she'll get in training "soon" and that her biggest concern at the moment is conditioning and pacing herself. Putting together skills and routines will come much later.