IN THE NICK OF TIME, GABBY DOUGLAS LANDS AT U.S. CLASSIC, JOINING SIMONE BILES, SUNI LEE

London 2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas was all smiles Friday (17 May), holding court with a gaggle of reporters after wrapping up a podium training session ahead of Saturday’s U.S. Classic competition in Hartford, Connecticut.

It’s to be a star-studded affair with gymnastics who's who lining up including Douglas, Simone Biles and Suni Lee, the last three women to claim the Olympic all-around title.

The trio impressed during the official practice session Friday morning with Biles adding back several big elements to her competitive program not seen since the Tokyo Games, including a triple-double on the floor exercise and a double-double dismount off the uneven bars.

Lee trained on all four events, opening up the possibility that she will compete in the all-around for the first time since a 15-month battle with kidney-related health concerns ended her sophomore campaign for Auburn University early.

Two-and-a-half weeks removed from her first competition since the Rio Games, Douglas looked to have made improvements from her first outing and showed elements like a double layout on the floor exercise and standing full on the balance beam that she did not at last month’s American Classic.

But for Douglas, getting here – both to Hartford and this moment of her career – hasn’t been easy.