Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman to compete for first time since Olympics

Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman

Olympic champions Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman will compete for the first time since the London Games at Jesolo Trophy in Italy next weekend.

Douglas and Raisman will be joined on the U.S. roster by Olympic teammate Kyla Ross and two-time reigning World all-around champion Simone Biles. USA Gymnastics announced the team Saturday.

Douglas won the Olympic all-around title in 2012. Raisman won floor exercise gold in London. They were both part of the U.S. Olympic champion team, along with Ross, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber.

Biles has been the world’s best gymnast the last two years, as Douglas and Raisman took time off from competition.

Douglas and Raisman returned to the U.S. national team in November with an eye on becoming the first U.S. women to make back-to-back Olympic gymnastics teams since 2000.

Ross, who won World all-around silver and bronze medals behind Biles the last two years, could also accomplish that feat. As could Maroney, who hasn’t competed since 2013 due to knee surgery one year ago.

The 2011 World all-around champion Wieber retired.

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