US teenaged female gymnastic sensation Jordyn Wieber controversy has left her fans wondering over the dated rules of the Olympics. A 17 year old girl who had performed better than most of the athletes saw around two dozen gymnast move to the quarters while she was asked to go home. The reason was the fact that two of her teammates had performed better than her on the given day, and as the rulebooks said that only two gymnasts from each team will move to the finals, so she had to leave.
Though she was not to her potential yesterday, but still she was better than most of the athletes who have moved to the next and final round. Two of her teammates came up with scintillating performance and sneaked past her. She was inconsolable after the fiasco as she wept and wept. It was going to be her Olympic and she was expected to win a gold, but the archaic rules of the Olympic have ensured that she has her hopes shattered and her future in limbo.
But her fans can still take solace in the fact that despite losing her place in Olympic she was still the fourth best gymnast and had she been allowed to compete in the final, she would have been the hot favourite to win the medal. Following her exit, some commentators started claiming that she didn’t qualify due to her bad performance, but that is certainly not true. She was better than the rest, but her teammates even improved over her performance and so her exit from Olympics. An ESPN report rightly explains her problem. “Wieber fell victim not so much to her own incremental flaws in execution as she did to the depth in her own country”, says the report. It went on to find out the best reason of her exit when the writer of the report said, “The standard has been set very high for a very long time, and for the past couple of years, she has helped elevate it”. And Wieber played a huge role in setting the bar too high.
After making her debut at the international level she has collected all the top awards in her kitty. In her senior international debut at the 2011 American Cup, Wieber defeated the reigning world champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia. Wieber’s participation was questioned by the Russians as the event was an FIG World Cup event and invitations were based on results at the previous world championships (which Wieber was too young to compete at). But Wieber was allowed to register as an alternate and when an athlete from another country was injured, Wieber was able to compete. She also won the 2009 American Cup at age 13, before it became a World Cup event and juniors were eligible. To be true, despite the Olympic fiasco her exploits will continue at international level and she will continue to set the bar higher and higher.