This 17-year-old American gymnast was poised to become the next Mary Lou Retton or Carly Patterson until her highest hopes for the Olympics were unceremoniously dashed. As the 2011 world all-around champion, Jordyn Wieber was considered a strong contender for the individual all-around gold in London this summer. But in the initial qualifying round, she placed third among the Americans, behind Gabrielle Douglas and Aly Raisman, automatically eliminating her from the individual competition. Though Wieber was devastated, she did share in the team gold with the other Fab Five. However, her star was quickly eclipsed by the electrifying Douglas, who went on to win the individual gold and became a media darling. Post-Olympics, Wieber pointed to a stress fracture in her leg as a reason for her underwhelming performance. Despite the disappointment of what could likely be her last Olympics, she joined the rest of her teammates in the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions across the country this fall, and plans to complete her senior year of high school.
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