Jordyn ‘Jo’ Wieber / 17 / 2016 Rio Olympic Hopeful
American gymnast Jordyn Marie Wieber was born on July 12, 1995 in DeWitt, Michigan, to parents Rita and David Wieber, who recognized in their daughter an athletic aptitude when she was about 2 years old. They placed her in a gymnastics class and in two years’ time Wieber started taking the training seriously.
At just 7 years old, Wieber qualified to the 2002 National TOP 7-8-Year-Old Diamond Team. The following year, she competed at the 2003 Early State Championships, and won vault, bars, beam, floor and all-around. In 2004, Wieber participated in the Michigan State Championships and placed second all-around. By the time she was 10, Wieber had already qualified to Level 10, the highest level in the Junior Olympic program, and a year later she qualified to the international elite level.
While successful in many of her gymnastic endeavors, it was Wieber’s performance in March 2011 that caught the world’s attention. She had filled in for an injured athlete at the American Cup and went head to head against Aliya Mustafina, who was reigning world all-around champion at the time. Wieber then proceeded to beat her opponent. Several months later, she won the gold medal in the all-around at the world championships in Tokyo, Japan. She also won a bronze medal on the balance beam, and helped the U.S Olympic women’s gymnastics team capture the gold medal.
In March 2012, Wieber competed in and won her third American Cup all-around competition. She also competed in the 2012 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championship, helping the American team place first and individually winning the all-around competition. She performed at the Visa Championships in June 2012, winning the all-around with a two-day combined high score. Wieber went on to compete at the Olympic Trials in San Jose, California, and was chosen to compete with the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.
“It feels amazing to be an Olympian,” Wieber was quoted as saying in an article on the USA Gymnastics website, following the 2012 Olympic Trials. “This is definitely the best day of my life and knowing that all of my hard work has paid off is amazing. I’m just so proud of each and every girl who competed here today.”
While many experts predicted that Wieber and one of her teammates, Gabby Douglas, had the best chance at winning individual medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wieber was beaten by both Douglas and another teammate, Aly Raisman, in the all-around finals.
Best Event: Floor and Tumbling
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