Aly Raisman eyes first USA Gymnastics training camp in 2 years

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WASHINGTON — Three-time 2012 Olympic medalist Aly Raisman said she will probably not make her competitive return to gymnastics this summer, instead targeting a post-World Championships training camp in October.

Raisman, 19, has been training at her gym outside Boston the last seven months and said as recently as February that she planned to compete at the U.S. Classic on Aug. 2, which would have been her first event since the London Games.

Now, the outline is to wait until after the World Championships in Nanning, China, in October to return to a camp at the Karolyi ranch in Texas.

“[U.S. National Team Coordinator] Martha [Karolyi] and Mihai and Silvia Brestyan, my coaches, they all decided just to wait and to take it slow and to not rush,” Raisman said at the Best of U.S. Awards on Wednesday. “My goals are more 2015 and 2016.

“It’ll be my first time being at training camp in over two years, so I think it’ll be [Karolyi’s] way of really watching me,” said Raisman, who took a full year off after winning team and floor exercise gold and balance beam bronze at the Olympics. “So I’ll be really nervous, but I’m working really hard so she can see the improvement.”

As for her Fierce Five teammates? Raisman believes they’re all back training, though McKayla Maroney recently underwent surgery. Raisman texted Gabby Douglas on Wednesday. Jordyn Wieber, a non-competing freshman at UCLA, is slated to be in attendance at the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., next week.

“I think she’s still not sure what she’s doing yet, so I don’t know,” Raisman said of a potential Wieber return.

Raisman, a 2013 contestant on “Dancing with the Stars,” said she’s been watching the show this season, which features 2014 Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

“I’ve tweeted at them a couple of times,” said Raisman, who met Davis and White at a gymnastics and skating show. “I hope that they both tie and both win.”

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