DES MOINES, IOWA – Gabby Douglas says she’s still “fresh and young” and fully expects to be in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, but that's not the goal that's driving her right now.
First things first.
And, first, the 16-year-old Olympics champion wants what most 16-year-old kids who aren't national heroes want: A driver’s license.
“I’m working on that,” she told about 3,500 Iowans Saturday who turned out to greet her and other Olympians with Iowa ties during a big welcome-home party Saturday. And then she wants a car.
With the endorsement deals coming her way, that could be one sweet ride for the 4-foot-11 gymnast whose “it factor” – a combination of quickness, strength and grace – charmed Olympic audiences around the world.
Douglas and gold-medal wrestler and former Iowa State Cyclone wretler Jake Varner were joined in the celebration by hurdler Lolo Jones, a Des Moines native; archer Miranda Leek of Des Moines; and distance runner Lisa Uhl of Fort Dodge.