For Wieber, Grandparents Are Biggest Fans

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

Who’s got the most Wieber Fever? That would be Grandma and Grandpa. Charles and Emiline Reifsnyder made the trip from Lansing to San Jose to watch their granddaughter compete.

“Words can’t describe how you feel,” Emiline Reifsnyder, Wieber’s grandmother, said. “I can’t believe this is happening. I mean, who ever would think, at our age, we’d be out here in California watching Jordyn compete? It’s just unbelievable.”

“I keep pinching myself,” said Charles Reifsnyder, Wieber’s grandfather. “I keep popping the buttons off my shirts. I tell her she’s got to give this up one of these days and sew the buttons back.”

Not much chance of that. Wieber is in first place after the first day of U.S. Olympic Trials competition, and one step closer to the London Olympics.

“I don’t know if I can handle it, to tell you the truth,” Wieber’s grandfather said. “I’ve got so many friends that are following everything she does and talking about it and talking with me about it, and it’s just the most exciting time in my life.”

Mrs. Reifsnyder’s favorite part of watching Wieber compete?

“I love the floor routine,” she said. “I do. I love that. I think she’s so classy.”

Mr. Reifsnyder, who was chief of police in Lansing and worked for the department for 38 years, calls his granddaughter “a machine.” He says he’s certainly not used to how famous Wieber is.

“It still surprises me every time I see it,” he said. “I watch television, all of a sudden she pops up. That surprises me. I go here and see her hanging on the wall of the building. It’s all—it’s unbelievable.”

Sunday is the final day of women's competition. We’ll have much more on Jordyn Wieber Sunday on News 10. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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