Wieber Serves as Grand Marshal in DeWitt Parade

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

She's a gold medalist, and now she's a grand marshal.

"It feels amazing to be back in DeWitt," said Jordyn Wieber. "I love coming back to all this support, and just to be in the parade, and pass by all the people that were cheering me on while I was in London, it was truly amazing."

That's how her fans felt, too, as Jordyn passed by in a 1956 Thunderbird.

"I waved to her, and she waved back and then she threw me a piece of candy, and that was exciting," said 7-year-old Liliana Mohr.

The parade was just the beginning for Jordyn. She went to the main stage for an autograph session with her hometown fans. City officials said they made sure both her and her fans were taken care of. Jordyn was the first grand marshal to get a police escort both to and from the parade.

"Our goal is to keep Jordyn safe, and we didn't want her foot to get hurt anymore, and we wanted her just have a good day and have fun," said DeWitt Mayor Jim Rundborg. "People wanted a lot of different things signed, and when we got near the end of the line, we just couldn't do it anymore, she signed pictures, she smiled and she was happy, and the kids were really good with her."

Rundborg said the crowd was four times greater than usual. The line for autographs stretched for over a block with people who left the parade early, but they said it was worth it.

"I'm going to go home and frame it, put it in my room, never lose it," Mohr said.

The Olympian signing those autographs has a similar feeling about her gold medal.

"I kinda keep it hidden sometimes because I don't want to lose it or anything like that," Wieber said.

She gave the medal to her father, David Wieber, to hold after signing a few autographs. He proudly showed it off to the crowd, but Jordyn doesn't mind.

"Just being back home, and sleeping in my own bed, and being with my dog is really great," Wieber said.

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