Whether it’s the bars or the beam, Jordyn Wieber doesn’t need a good luck charm.
“I’m not too superstitious like that,” Wieber said. “I more just go with the flow.”
The 16-year-old competes Friday night for the first day of the U.S. Olympic Trials. Her whole family will be there watching.
“I’ve only been to about three of her big meets,” said Jordyn’s older sister, Lindsay Wieber. “I stay pretty calm and usually just sit with my dad. My mom’s off doing her thing.”
“I don’t get that nervous,” Jordyn’s younger sister, Kyra Wieber, said. “But sometimes when someone else gets hurt, I’m just like, ‘Oh, I hope that doesn’t happen to Jordyn!’”
“I hate watching, honestly,” said Jordyn’s older brother, Ryan Wieber. “But I still watch. I just get nervous. I mean, I always pray and there’s nothing else I can do.”
So what does Jordyn do before she competes? The secret to her success might surprise you.
“Just getting a lot of rest and eating something healthy is always important so I feel energetic and ready to go and, you know, just going through my routines in my head right before I go up to compete is something I always do, also,” Wieber said.
That’s not exactly the case for Jordyn’s mother, Rita.
“I am really overboard superstitious,” she said.
Jordyn may not have a pre-meet ritual, but Rita certainly does.
“I have these charms I hold in my hand and I have to say a whole round of the Rosary before everything she competes on,” Rita explained. “I have to hold the charms in my hand when she competes and put them in my pocket in between—all this weird stuff. It’s gotten worse over the years. Now I’ve added on, I have to find a church when we’re in the city. Even in Tokyo, I had to find a church. Now I have to do that. It’s almost probably a good thing this might be coming closer to an end because I think I would be committed at some point.”
Jordyn is scheduled to compete first in vault, followed by bars, beam and floor. We’ll have complete coverage on News 10.