Jordyn Wieber has no shortage of fans in San Jose, California.
“I have Wieber Fever!” said Amanda Croff, a nine-year-old Twistars gymnast from Zeeland. She came here to see Jordyn Wieber compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
“It’s really fun to watch her and to watch her be winning right now,” she said.
Caitlyn Ciokajlo, a gymnast originally from Leslie, watched Wieber win Friday night and will be in the crowd cheering for her again Sunday night.
“I used to go to Twistars,” she said. “We used to work out together and we used to be good friends and hang out all the time.”
“She’s worked so hard for so many years and just the effort and focus she puts into the gym every day, it’s just amazing to watch her dreams come true,” said Ciokajlo.
“It’s so surreal,” echoed Stacey Knox, of Leslie. “It’s incredible. I get goosebumps. I wanted to cry last night. It’s just so exciting to watch her live her dream.”
Each day before the Trials, fans gather across from the HP Pavilion for all kinds of activities, including writing good luck messages to Team USA on red, white, and blue ribbons.
Support for Jordyn comes from across the country.
“I think one thing that’s really nice about her is that she stayed with her original coaches for her whole career, which I think says a lot about her loyalty,” said Amber Flynn, a fan of Wieber’s from Orange County, California.
Wieber and the rest of Team USA are motivating many younger gymnasts, both in San Jose and elsewhere, to follow in her footsteps.
“It’s really inspiring because when I’m doing it, I think my skills are so hard,” said Morgan Flynn, also of Orange County. “And then I see them, and I think I can do anything.”