Olympic Hopeful, Jordyn Wieber, Turning Pro

By: News 10
By: News 10

16-year-old Jordyn Wieber announced today that she is turning pro. It is a move that will allow her to pursue Olympic competition, but she gives up her collegiate eligibility. As a professional gymnast, Wieber can accept prize and endorsement money.

The DeWitt native is the U.S. gymnastics champion and recently won the individual world championship in Tokyo. She is a favorite for a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics.

Wieber made the announcement on her Facebook page saying "My parents and I believe this is best for me, and I am excited about pursuing my Olympic dream for the next nine months."


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  • by andy Location: Lansing on Oct 29, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    Turning pro only makes her not able to compete in college gymnastics she can still go to college and make money to financialy be able to train and pursue her olympic dreams
  • by Davem Location: Lansing on Oct 29, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Get hurt in college and no $$$. Go pro get $$$ and if she gets hurt hurt people go to college all the time. She made the right choice, the rest of ya are just jealous.
  • by Jen on Oct 29, 2011 at 04:51 AM
    Are you people serious? This child has dedicated her life to go to these olympics! Now is her time! Going pro doesn't mean she can NEVER get a college education. It's what she has to do to participate in the olympics. I hope all her dreams come true, she will have earned it!
  • by Julie Location: Mason on Oct 28, 2011 at 03:40 PM
    Hmmmmmmmmmmm....................not sure this is the right move. Hope it all turns out.
  • by Sue Location: Michigan on Oct 28, 2011 at 02:22 PM
    If you plan to graduate High School, you are making choices now that may change by then. You should plan to go to school and make your pro choice later. If you get hurt, you will have a longer road ahead of you. Does your family need the money that bad? You really should go to school.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    Of course, training cost money and if she earns enough money her education is paid for. If she wins gold at the olympics, her net income could be over a million dollars.
  • by cecil Location: East Lansing on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    What a bonehead choice. Really need to rethink that. Get your education first THEN go pro.
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      by rain67 on Oct 28, 2011 at 02:58 PM in reply to cecil
      That was mean Cecil.
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