The US gymnast Jordyn Wieber leaves London with “a little bit of disappointment.” Wieber, even coming for the Olympics as a favorite, doesn’t have any single individual medal in her kitty. The only gain she made is that she was part of the gold-winning U.S. team. In the event, the gymnast contributed the points of 15.933 on vault, 15.000 on floor and 14.666 on uneven bars to make the team gold winners. In the floor exercise on Tuesday, she could only finish seventh. Earlier, she failed to qualify for the all-around.
“It’s a little bit of disappointment overall,” said the 17-year-old gymnast. “But at the same time, leaving with a gold medal is more than I could ask for, and it’s so cool to be a part of that team,” she added. Landing home, she may face rehab for an injury to her right leg. It is said that she suffered a stress fracture in her leg.
Regarding this injury, Wieber said it did not keep her from performing well in the meet. “It is fine,” said the Michigan gymnast, who added that its pain never affected her performance in London Olympic. Wieber failed badly in the 2012 Olympics and she became one of two members of the Fierce Five that won the gold medal in team event to return home without an individual medal.
Wieber’s failure in the qualifiers for the all-around event was really a shock for the athlete and her coach John Geddert. She praised her teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas for getting into the game. But, her coach said that it was terrible for him. “I am basically devastated for her. She has trained her entire life for this day and to have it turn out anything less than she deserves is going to be devastating. She has waited her entire career for this. She is happy for her teammates and disappointed that she doesn’t get (to) move on,” Geddert said.
Can’t we see a shining Wieber in the Olympics in future? Will her bad performance and leg injury keep her away in future Olympic contests? “At just 17 years of age we could see Wieber in the Olympics once again, but that has not been the trend in that sport lately,” says the Examiner. Recently, there is a tendency among young U.S athletes that they just make a single shot at the Olympics, says Josh Lobdell of the Examiner. “Recent American girls have gotten just one shot at the Olympic games, and for whatever extenuating reasons Jordyn was left with one Gold medal and a ton of disappointment,” he adds.
In fact, the overall performance of the Team U.S.A in gymnastics was unsatisfactory. The Team U.S.A – both men and women – could only take six medals in total. Three of the medals are gold; the one from the women’s team event, Douglas’ gold medal from the all-around and Raisman’s gold from the floor routine. It is far frustrating when compared with the 10 overall medals the U.S team won in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.