Jordy Wieber who was crying a few days ago was cheering her teammate Gabby Douglas in the Olympics 2012 women’s gymnastics all-around competition. She was all encouraging and there was no sign that she was still disappointed for being ousted from the competition a few days ago.
She saw her main competitor of the last one year and fellow teammate Gabby Douglas win the all-around beating her main Russian rival by a narrow margin. Jordyn Wieber and Gabriel Douglas have won the last few major gymnastics tournaments in the last one year or so. Wieber has won a few and a few have been won by Gabby.
But while Wieber, forgetting her disappointing loss in the all-around was seen cheering wildly for her teammates, her mother Rita Wieber who was also obviously shattered with the loss her child suffered in the tournament opted to go elsewhere instead of coming to the Olympic Village and watch it.
She is being criticised by the media for her giving the occasion a miss and not cheering her national team while they struggled to win the medals for her country. But there are several readers who have criticised the media for started a useless debate. “The media is making an issue where there is none. There are winners and losers in every event. When you stick a microphone in the phase of the parent of someone who didn’t win, they are either going to speak in indecipherable platitudes if they have a PR advisor, or they’re going to tell the truth and say they are disappointed”, says a reader.
Meanwhile there are people who are still saying that her ouster from the all-around was unjustified and she should have been given a chance to compete in the finals for being the world champion. A reader says, “I am a huge Jordyn fan and cried for her when I saw the results, however, let’s not take this out on Gabby- who had amazing performances on the other three events and went into the last round with an almost point and a half lead. The problem here is with the rule. The fact is, this is the Olympics and as much as we want countries bonding with each other and showing the respect, this is also the most desired place for any athlete to make it to in their career and the Olympics should not be about showcasing each country and handing out participation medals. If you are going to claim that the winner of any event is the best in the world, then let them compete against all the bests, not just the top two from every country. What’s sad is that gymnastics is an amazing sport and it’s controversies like these and the ambiguity in the scoring system that makes this sport lose its fans. I do believe Jordyn was grossly underscored in her routine but for those of you complaining about Gabby, let’s not forget that she had more deductions in her routine and I believe has a higher start value so although she had a much larger mistake, Jordyn had little mistakes on three events that all added up to just edge her out. It should also be made known that there were four countries that should have a third competitor based on the results so while they may not be ranked in fourth place going into finals, this is a rule that needs to be reviewed because the All Around finals will clearly not have all the best in the world out there vying for the title”.