Born in 1995 and starting gymnastics just four years later, Jordyn Wieber has made a big name for herself in a short period of time. And now just days after her 17th birthday, Jordyn Wieber, U.S. artistic gymnast, will be competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
Read all about her recent competition results, training habits, favorites and more in this article. Then, get ready to watch her amazing performances later this month in London.
Athlete: Jordyn Wieber
Sport: Artistic Gymnastics
Hometown: DeWitt, Michigan
Favorite Event: Balance Beam
Coaches: John and Kathryn Geddert
Favorite Foods: Hummus
Interests Outside of the Gym: shopping and scrapbooking
Personal Website: www.jordynwieber.com
Early CareerJordyn has enjoyed a lot of success throughout her gymnastics career, even when young. By age 10 she was already competing at the highest Junior Olympic level. To watch big skills coming from a small body was impressive. From 2005-2009, she competed in both national and international competitions, building a reputation for herself as a strong and tough competitor.
Recent ResultsDespite injuries in 2009 (hamstring) and 2010 (ankle), Jordyn has achieved some amazing career highlights. In 2011, Jordyn was not only a part of the world champion team taking home the gold, but she also earned the individual world all-around champion title. She is currently the reigning U.S. all-around champion, winning the top podium spot in 2011 and 2012.
The OlympicsDue to the ever shrinking number of teammates (in 1996 seven were allowed, in 2004 and 2008 six allowed, in 2012 only five allowed) all-around gymnasts (girls who compete all four events) are incredibly valuable. While Jordyn has said her favorite event is beam, it is said by others that she is strongest on vault and floor. The U.S. women's team is favored in London this summer, and, hopefully, Jordyn's strong performances on all of the events will lead to a team gold medal, something that has not been repeated since the summer Atlanta games in 1996.
Time Outside of the GymUnlike many Olympic athletes, Jordyn still attends public school in her hometown of DeWitt, MI. Aside from attending classes (her favorite is math), she enjoys spending time with friends, shopping and scrapbooking. She is also involved in a variety of charity work including projects at her church and volunteering for St. Jude's Children's Research Center.
MoreYou can read more about Jordyn's lifelong gymnastic career in her mother's book, "Gym Mom: The Twists and Turns of Your Daughter's Gymnastics Career."
I have been involved with the sport of gymnastics for many years including being a competitor for eight years and a coach for multiple levels and age groups for over ten years. I am anxiously awaiting the performances in London and hope that you find time to enjoy them as well.
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