Jordyn Wieber: Then and Now
Gym Gab is excited to present a five-day series featuring each member of the Fierce Five. Today we take a look at Jordyn Wieber and why she was so important on the U.S. team in 2012, as well as where she is now.
Find other Fierce Five member’s “then and now” links below.
PHOTOGRAPHY | CHRISTY ANN LINDER
Jordyn Wieber Then
Like many of the Olympic gymnastics favorites before her, Jordyn Wieber’s Games didn’t go exactly as planned. A leg injury she sustained before the Games was kept literally and figuratively under wraps and in a heartbreaking moment, she didn’t qualify for the all-around final in London in spite of finishing fourth among all competitors in the qualification round. (Only the top two per country advance to the all-around final at the Olympics these days, and although she finished fourth among everybody, Jordyn Wieber was third among U.S. gymnasts, behind teammates Gabby Douglas and Raisman.) In one of the undersung stories of Olympic selflessness, Wieber didn’t let her individual status distract her during the team final, where she nailed three solid routines to help the U.S. win team gold. She also finished seventh on floor exercise in event finals.
Jordyn Wieber Now
Following the post-Olympic tour, Jordyn Wieber went back to school and back to the gym, earning her high school diploma in 2013 and opting to enroll at UCLA, where she is a student assistant to the gymnastics team. (Wieber gave up her NCAA eligibility in 2011 when she became a professional athlete.) College life has agreed with her, and though she has continued to train informally with UCLA coach Chris Waller at his gym in Los Angeles, a return to elite level competition may not be in the cards. Jordyn Wieber maintains that she hasn’t made up her mind about coming back, but if she wants to go for Rio, she will need to do so soon.
About the Photographer: Christy was a former level 10 & Michigan State gymnast. She later returned to her roots by honing her photography skills- specifically in the sport of gymnastics, where her passion is unmatched. Find more amazing images of current elite gymnasts at christyannlindergymphotos.com.