Jordyn Wieber was all set to make headlines. This was what people thought even before the 17 year old girl set her foot in London’s Olympic Village. Among thousands of athletes who had assembled from across the globe, if a name that was presumed destined to succeed in London Olympics, it was neither Phelps not Gabby Douglas. It was only Jordyn Wieber.
So it was but natural when she failed to qualify the biggest individual titles in gymnastics, that her fans became angry. Their dreams were shattered as their star gymnast failed to qualify for the finals. In sports like anything else in this world, win and loss are part of the game and even the best athletes have to bear the burden of loss. But her fans made it look as if this was the last Olympic for her. The teenaged-girl wept inconsolably at the loss, but then regrouped and as a true warrior went on to help her team win the team gold, the first in the last 16 years.
Her fans tried to mock the other two girls who made it to the finals. Instead of praising Aly Raisman or Gabby Douglas both of whom are also as good gymnast if not better than Jordyn Wieber.
Gabby Douglas, the frail teenaged girl of 16 years of age has done her whole nation proud by becoming the first African American woman to win an Olympic all around. She is truly the best of the lot as far as gymnastics is concerned. Her gold medal is a true testimony of her achievement.
Ali Raisman too had tied with a Russian gymnast, but then Olympic rule gave the bronze to the Russian girl. Her performance in all the gymnastics competition including in the team event has been above par. To be true, when you watch Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman perform, it’s easy to forget that she’s an 18-year-old high school student who loves hanging out with her friends and chatting with her mom. She flies, flips, and twists through the air in a manner that’s normally reserved for stunt doubles in action movies — and she always sticks her landings.
It is a tragedy that she couldn’t get the bronze that lawfully belonged to her. But she shouldn’t have any regrets about it. She has already achieved a lot and her achievements cannot be undermined by the lack of an Olympic bronze medal.