Since winning Olympic gold, Gabby Douglas has trained in California, Iowa and now Ohio. In the weeks between the two most important meets before the Rio Olympics, she made another coaching adjustment.
Douglas’ coach on the floor at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Friday night was not Kittia Carpenter, the coach she has been most associated with in her two years in Ohio.
Rather, it was a different coach from the same gym, Christian Gallardo.
NBC Olympic gymnastics analysts Tim Daggett and Nastia Liukin explained the reasoning behind the decision during NBC’s coverage of the first night of Olympic Trials on Friday.
Daggett said Douglas wasn’t happy after the P&G Championships two weeks earlier in St. Louis, where she finished fourth in the all-around.
“What Gabby told me was that she can only have one accredited coach on the floor in Rio, and she needed somebody who could spot her,” Daggett said. “So that happens to be Christian Gallardo.”
Douglas came to the Olympic Trials as a favorite to make the five-woman Rio team and become the first Olympic all-around champion to return to the following Games since Nadia Comaneci in 1980.
The Olympic team will be named after competition finishes Sunday night.
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QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.
Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.
Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.
The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.
Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.
Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.
Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.
According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.
“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.
In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”
The Olympics start in less than four months.