Love conquers all for Douglas

Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:15pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - When it comes to discussing her love life, Gabby Douglas is ready to bare all.

"I have one relationship: His name is Gym ... Nastics," the Olympic champion declares during a scene in her reality television show 'Douglas Family Gold'.

For the 20-year-old American, gymnastics has been the one true love that she simply cannot walk away from.

When she fails to strike gold in a competition, it causes her a lot of heartache.

When she trains for hours in a gym, it causes her a great deal of pain.

When training sessions and competitions clash with her social life, it isolates her from her friends.

Despite all the pitfalls of being an elite gymnast, and her scrappy performance during the U.S. Olympic trials when she finished seventh, Douglas will be in Rio next month as she bids to become the first woman since Czech Vera Caslavska in 1968 to win back-to-back Olympic all around titles.

"Oh my gosh, that’s so crazy that no-one’s gotten back-to-back golds for so long," Douglas, who is bidding to become only the third woman to do the Olympic all around double, told Reuters in a telephone interview.   Continued...

FILE PHOTO - Gabrielle Douglas of the U.S. competes in the balance beam during the women's individual all-around gymnastics final in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 2, 2012.   REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File photo