DeWitt Prepares for Wieber's Olympic Appearance

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

"It's been tough working this week just to try to remain focused," said David Wieber, Jordyn Wieber's dad.

Her sister felt the same way.

"I was pretty checked out the last couple of days," Lindsay Wieber said.

Finally, they were on their way to Grand Rapids Airport for a 5:00 flight Friday evening to London to meet with the rest of Jordyn's family.

"It's just sort of a surreal sort of feeling because you know, you don't think about it 24 hours a day, but every so often, it will pop back in. It's like, 'Oh yea, we're going to the Olympics this week.'"

The rest of DeWitt thinks about that a lot lately.

"I probably got 5 or 6 calls today about the time of the opening ceremonies, and if we were going to be putting it through the bar and broadcasting it," said John Coscarelli, owner of Relli's in downtown DeWitt.

He said his local Italian restaurant - where Jordyn loves the chicken wrap - will definitely be broadcasting it. Patrons shouldn't expect to see too much else for the next two weeks.

"On every single TV I've told everyone no Tigers, no nothing, it's just going to be strictly Jordyn," Coscarelli said.

It doesn't stop there. The Lyons Club is selling Wieber Fever t-shirts in town, and all the proceeds will go to the Wieber family to help with their London expenses. They've already raised over $5,000.

The only cure for Wieber Fever might be the ice cream cone of champions at Scoopy Doos on Bridge St.

"One of her favorites was a twist with sprinkles, so I've been handing those out because it has the red, white and blue sprinkles on it, to represent the Olympics and the United States," said Don Fletcher, owner of Scoopy Doos.

Fletcher's ice cream isn't the only thing giving people the chills.

"Hard to believe somebody from DeWitt is going to the Olympics," Fletcher said. "Just talking about it gives you goosebumps. Cause you're so proud of her and everything. Every kid in town looks up to her. That's all everybody's talking about."

Wieber's dad knows the feelings.

"I tried going for a walk last night, and I kept running into people, and I think my normal 15 minute walk with the dog ended up being an hour and a half. But it was great, ya know," Wieber said.

The nerves haven't quite set in for Jordyn's dad. He said that will happen the second they touch down in London. Jordyn's sister, Lindsay, said she's probably the least nervous of the whole family, but she continues to be emotional when she sees commercials of Jordyn.

Jordyn and the rest of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team begin competition Sunday.

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