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Gymnast: Jordyn Wieber

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Jordyn Wieber 2012 nationals

Jordyn Wieber at 2012 US nationals

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Jordyn Wieber was the 2011 world all-around champion, and the 2011 and 2012 US national champion. She was a member of the 2012 Olympic gymnastics team that won the first Olympic gold medal since 1996.

An Impressive Resume at Junior Nationals:

Wieber excelled at the 2008 junior nationals, winning the all-around, vault, and floor, and earning the silver on beam and bronze on bars. One year earlier she placed third in the all-around and on bars, and second on vault and beam.

In 2009 and 2010 she was plagued with bad luck, though. She sat out 2009 because of a hamstring injury, and withdrew from nationals in 2010 after injuring her ankle.

2009 American Cup:

Wieber won the 2009 American Cup -- an international meet televised live in the USA. She was still a junior at the time, and she beat American teammate Bridget Sloan, the 2009 world all-around champion. Many have called the event a coming out party for the young gymnast.

Past winners of the meet have included Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, and Carly Patterson.

2011 American Cup:

Jordyn Wieber repeated as American Cup champ in 2011, looking better than ever after injuries at the end of 2009 and into 2010. She was a last-minute replacement for another gymnast and she seized the opportunity, narrowly beating 2010 world all-around champion Aliya Mustafina.

2011 Worlds:

Wieber had a fantastic meet at the 2011 World Championships, leading the US team to a gold medal, then edging out Russia's Viktoria Komova for the all-around title by .033. After making a mistake on bars in the second rotation, she came back strong, but still didn't think she'd quite made up enough ground. "I definitely thought I was going to end up with silver," she said after the meet, "I'm so surprised."

Wieber qualified to three event finals and performed solidly in each, placing fourth on bars, third on beam, and sixth on floor.

A Leader in 2012:

Wieber won both the Pacific Rim Championships and the American Cup at the beginning of 2012, setting up her Olympic year in style. In June, she defended her national all-around title from the previous year and placed second at the US Olympic Trials, earning a spot on the Olympic team.

The 2012 Games:

Wieber had a heartbreaking day in the qualifying competition in London. She had a solid competition, but was edged by teammates Alexandra Raisman and Gabby Douglas. Since only two gymnasts per country are allowed into the all-around finals, Wieber missed out on qualifying into that competition, and didn't get a chance to follow up her world all-around gold medal with an Olympic one.

Wieber shook off the disappointment and roared back in the team finals, leading off the competition for the USA with a nearly-stuck vault, fighting through her bar set, and nailing her floor routine. The US women earned gold by a convincing margin, due in part to the three good scores Wieber contributed. Coach John Geddert said after the meet that Wieber had been working with a stress fracture in her leg.

Cool Skills:

Wieber performs some very difficult gymnastics. She throws an Amanar vault (2.5 twisting Yurchenko), and a standing full (at 1:19) on beam. She’s also attempted a double-twisting double layout dismount (called a Ray after American gymnast Elise Ray) off the uneven bars, and competed a full-twisting double layout at the 2012 Olympics.

Personal Info:

Jordyn Wieber was born on July 12, 1995 to David and Rita Wieber. She has three siblings -- Lindsay, Ryan, and Kyra -- and a dog named Lucy.

Wieber began gymnastics in 1999, and her favorite events are beam and vault. She is coached by John and Kathryn Geddert at Twistars USA.

Outside of the gym, Wieber likes to sketch, read, and shop. Her favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy and movie is Little Miss Sunshine.

Wieber's official website is at jordynwieber.com, and her Twitter account is @Jordyn_Wieber.

Gymnastics Results:

International:
  • 2012 Olympic Games: 1st team; 7th floor
  • 2012 Pacific Rim Championships: 1st team; 1st all-around; 1st floor
  • 2012 American Cup: 1st all-around
  • 2011 World Championships: 1st team; 1st all-around; 3rd beam
  • 2011 American Cup: 1st all-around; 1st vault; 3rd bars (tie); 1st beam; 1st floor
  • 2009 American Cup: 1st all-around; 1st vault; 1st bars (tie with Bridget Sloan); 1st beam; 2nd floor
  • 2008 Top Gym: 1st all-around; 1st bars; 1st beam
  • 2008 Italy-Spain-Poland-USA competition (Jr. Division): 1st all-around
  • 2007 Junior Pan American Championships: 1st team; 2nd all-around; 1st bars; 1st beam; 3rd floor
National:
  • 2012 US Olympic Trials: 2nd all-around; 4th bars; 3rd beam (tie); 2nd floor
  • 2012 US Nationals (Visa Championships): 1st all-around; 5th bars; 5th beam; 2nd floor
  • 2011 US Nationals (Visa Championships): 1st all-around; 1st bars; 3rd beam; 1st floor
  • 2008 US Nationals (Jr. Division): 1st all-around; 1st vault; 3rd bars; 2nd beam; 1st floor
  • 2007 US Nationals (Jr. Division): 3rd all-around; 2nd vault; 3rd bars; 2nd beam
  • 2007 US Classic (Jr. Division): 5th all-around; 2nd vault (tie); 2nd beam
  • 2006 US Nationals (Jr. Division): 9th all-around (tie)

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