Twistars Reacts to Wieber's Elimination from All-Arounds

By: Lindsay Veremis Email
By: Lindsay Veremis Email

A night of shock, gives way to a day of disappointment for Jordyn Wieber fans. After a very close qualifying round, Wieber will not be competiting in the all-around finals. Under Olympic rules, only two gymnasts from each country can compete in the all-arounds.

While many in mid-Michigan feel for Wieber, the sting was felt most closely at Twistars where she trains.

"Spent most of the day yesterday saying wow, I can't believe that just happened," Brett Wargo, a coach with the club said.

Wargo says the coaches and gymnasts at Twistars are disappointed for Jordyn, but not in her performance.

"She was fourth in the world yesterday, she did what she went out there to do," Wargo said.

While Jordyn's score was among the top overall in the qualifying round, the U.S. team is so strong that Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas outscored her.

"No matter what one of our girls for USA was going to be on the wrong end of that rule this year, knowing that we have three girls that are as good as they are, somebody was going to get left off," Wargo added.

Many at Twistars feel the rule doesn't make sense. They feel the best gymnasts should compete, period.

"She's going to sit in the stands Thursday cheering on her teammates and she's going to watch a few other people that she beat by six points yesterday out competing," Wargo said.

"Obviously he's bummed," Blaize Geddert, said of his dad and Jordyn's coach, John Geddert. "It's the first and only time he's been to the Olympics and he wanted Jordyn to do her best and have it all work out."

But Geddert says Jordyn and John are looking ahead to the next competition, hoping to erase some of the disappointment as a team.

"Team gold is more important to John, it's more important to Jordyn, it's more important to the USA, so that's the focus," Wargo said.

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