In last night's U.S. Olympic Trials for women's gymnastics, Jordyn Wieber placed second all-around, securing a spot on the team headed to London this summer. The 16-year old DeWitt native nearly cinched the top score, impressing judges in San Jose's HP Pavilion with her performances on the uneven bars, the balance beam and in her floor routine.
In an interview with USA Gymnastics, Wieber, already named the 2012 National Champion in women's gymnastics, said,
"It feels amazing to be an Olympian. This is definitely the best day of my life and knowing that all of my hard work has paid off is amazing. I'm just so proud of each and every girl who competed here today."
Gabby Douglas from West Des Moines, Iowa won first place in all-around standing last night. USA today reports that the top two placers will both vie for gold in London:
The rivalry between Douglas and Wieber, the reigning world and national champion, has been compelling to watch. The two 16-year-olds are expected to contend for the individual all-around gold medal next month in London. ”We are going to push each other like no other,“ Douglas said.
Wieber has participated in gymnastics since the age of four. She trains at Twistars USA Gymnastic Club in DeWitt under coaches John and Kathryn Geddert.
According to her website, aside from her athletic regimen, Wieber attends DeWitt High School. She says science is her favorite subject, and she plans to graduate next year.
University of Michigan gymnast Sam Mikulak also placed on the men's gymnastics team for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games. The 19-year old Californian specializes in the pommel horse.
Click here for a schedule to catch Michigan's Olympic gymnasts in action this summer.
-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom