by Denise J. Saul
For Jordyn Wieber, 16, and Team USA, this was a very successful World Championships 2011. As part of a young and talented U.S. Women’s team, Wieber won the world title at the Tokyo (Japan) Metropolitan Gymnasium, besting second place Russia by over 4 points. Wieber competed on all four events for Team USA and started out with a strong 2 1/2 yurchenko on vault for a 15.833. Next team USA moved to bars where Jordyn scored a 14.766. On balance beam Jordyn hit a fantastic routine for a score of 15.033. Team USA ended on floor exercise where Jordyn scored a 14.766. This is the USA’s third women’s world team title, following up on 2003 and 2007.
With the team gold secured, Wieber then set her sights on the all-around title, mission accomplished. In a thrilling, down-to-the wire finish, Wieber, won the women’s world all-around title becoming just the sixth U.S. woman to win this prestigious title. “I feel amazing,” said Wieber. “I was so surprised. I wasn’t expecting to come out on top but I am really happy and glad that I did enough on that floor routine to make it. To come in here and achieve one of my goals that I have had since I was a little kid is so exciting. I am very happy to have this gold medal around my neck.”
Wieber earned the gold medal in the all around with a 59.382. Wieber started the all-around competition on vault where she competed a nice 2 1/2 yurchenko with a step forward for a 15.716. She moved onto bars where she struggled a bit on her over-shoot and free-hip 1/1 but stuck her double layout dismount for a 13.600. On beam she hit her side sommi, side aerial, and full twisting back tuck for a 15.266. Jordyn finished the competition strong on floor with a 14.800
Wieber began the final day of event finals competition on balance beam where she hit her front aerial + bhs + back layout, her switch leap to back tuck, and standing back full for a score of 15.133 for the bronze medal! Jordyn started off the floor rotation with a strong routine and finished with a stuck double pike for a 14.700 and 6th place.
Jordyn Wieber 4th in Uneven Bars Championship
For Wieber (pronounced Wee-ber), life as a gymnast started early. Her parents thought the petite youngster looked like a gymnast — and she could balance on one foot for a long time. So when Jordyn was 3-years-old, they enrolled her in a tots class at Gedderts’ Twistars Gymnastics Club in nearby Lansing, Michigan.
- Wieber beats Komova for all-around gold (search.japantimes.co.jp)