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Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic gymnastics champion, will return to competition for the first time in nearly eight years on February 24 at the Winter Cup in Louisville, Kentucky.

Douglas, 28, who made the announcement Tuesday on NBC News NOW, was a teenager when she competed in London and became the first black woman to win an Olympic title. She hasn’t competed since helping the U.S. win team gold at the 2016 Olympics.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist took an extended leave of absence after the Rio de Janeiro Games, but returned to training in 2022 and announced last summer that she would try to make the 2024 Olympic team.

“I never announced retirement,” Douglas told NBC. “I didn’t want to finish the sport like I did in 2016. I wanted to take a step back and work on myself and my mental state.”

Douglas joins a packed and decorated field hoping to make the five-woman Olympic team, including 2016 Olympic champion Simone Biles and 2020 Olympic champion Sunisa Lee. Biles returned to competition last summer after a two-year hiatus and won her record sixth all-around world title last fall.

Douglas said she was “definitely” pointing to Paris, but added that she was taking things one day at a time.

The Winter Cup is the first major U.S. competition of the year, and the games will take place at the end of July. Douglas shared some of her journey on her social media channels, including a longer look at her work on bars, which is historically her strongest event.

“Honestly, I like going to the gym and getting my skills back,” Douglas said. “It’s very exciting.”

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