Jordyn Wieber ‘still deciding’ on gymnastics return
Olympic champion gymnast Jordyn Wieber hasn’t competed since the London Games. It’s going to stay that way for at least the near future.
Wieber, 19 and a rising UCLA sophomore, was asked about a possible resumption of her career on WVOX radio Tuesday morning.
“I’m still sort of deciding what I want to do at this point,” she said.
Wieber won the all-around title at the 2011 World Championships, which set her up as a cornerstone of the U.S. team in London.
She could not vie for the Olympic all-around gold after finishing fourth overall in qualifying, but third among Americans. Rules dictate no more than two athletes per nation can compete in the Olympic all-around finals.
Gabby Douglas went on to win the all-around title and garner the fame that went with the most prestigious medal in gymnastics.
Wieber said Tuesday that missing out had her thinking about trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics, but that she “learned to accept” the disappointment.
She returned to training at home in Michigan after London, but having turned professional, was not eligible to compete for UCLA when she enrolled there last year.
Douglas is expected to return to competition later this summer for the first time since the London Games. Olympic teammates McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross competed in 2013, and Aly Raisman is back training with an eye on returning to a national team camp in the fall.
No U.S. female gymnast has made back-to-back Olympic Teams since Dominique Dawes and Amy Chow in 1996 and 2000.