2012 Summer Olympics Spotlight Series: Jordyn Wieber

With the 2012 Summer Olympics just weeks away, Rant Sports is shining the spotlight on some of the amazing athletes who will be competing for Team USA in London.

In this edition, we feature 16-year-old American gymnast, Jordyn Wieber, a name you will be hearing quite a bit in the upcoming weeks.

Jordyn, or Jo as she likes to be called,  was born and raised in Dewitt, Michigan where she attends Dewitt High school. She began her gymnastics career at the age of four.

Since her senior gymnastics career began in 2011, Jordyn has taken the sport by storm, racking up medal after medal at various competitions. In all, she has captured a total of 15 medals in the last two years. Of those 15 medals, 11 of them are gold.

She is the reigning 2011 All-Around World Champion, and helped lead her team to a World Championship title as well.

Now, the sixteen-year-old phenom is headed to London to represent the United States as she competes both individually and for Team USA, who will be competing for just their second-ever Olympic team gold.

Word has it that this could be the best USA girls’ gymnastics team since the one that brought home the team gold in 1996.

Wieber, along with fellow 16-year-old Olympian Gabby Douglas, will headline a US team that heads to London as the heavy favorite to win the team gold.  Wieber and Douglas, who finished just .1 points apart in the final event of the Olympic Trials, pack a phenomenal 1-2 punch.

Additionally, Wieber is a favorite to win the the all-around gold in London as well. If she goes on to accomplish the feat, she will be just the second woman since 1972 to win the all-around title at the World Championships and follow it up with an Olympic all-around title. No American female gymnast has accomplished the feat in the last 40 years.

Expect “Wieber Fever” to catch on strong in the following couple of months as Jordyn Wieber, along with her American teammates, expect to make history at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.




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