Jordyn Wieber Gets a Hero's Welcome at Lansing Airport

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

"I just want to hug her, that's all," said Jordyn Wieber's grandpa, Chuck Reifsnyder.

He got a brand new camera for Jordyn's arrival.

"I had to have it for tonight," Reifsnyder said. "There are going to be some pictures that I'll get that I'll never be able to get again."

Others drove all the way from Chicago just to catch a glimpse of their favorite Olympian and her gold medal.

"Just to make it easier, I pretended like I wasn't going to see Jordyn so I wouldn't get too cranky, and just wanted to get to Michigan, and then I was like, 'Now, I can start thinking about Jordyn,'" said 10-year-old Emily Carpenter.

Her mom said that was all part of the plan.

"I woke them up this morning and surprised them with the fact that we were going, so I didn't think they would sleep if I told them at night," said Kristin Carpenter. "So, it's just been an exciting adventure. Something I know they'll remember that we went and did, because it's definitely not something we do every day."

The airport wasn't the only event in store for Jordyn. Her neighborhood in DeWitt planned a special surprise welcome as well.

"Wouldn't it be cool just have us kind of cheering her on as she comes, but just letting her know how much and how proud we are of her," said Dee Krause, the Wiebers' next door neighbor and organizer of the surprise.

Residents lined the streets cheering as Jordyn pulled in with her family. Neighbors also filled the Wiebers' yard with signs, while Jordyn's sister filled the house with Sweetielicious and homemade treats.

"Now that she can have some sweets, we can probably enjoy some brownies and pie," said Lindsay Wieber.

She said she's most looking forward to just hanging out with Jordyn, but she might have to get in line.

"I wanna be able to sit down with her alone and have a nice long talk," Reifsnyder said.

He's glad that doesn't have to be long distance anymore.

Life isn't slowing down though. Jordyn will serve as the Ox Roast Parade's Grand Marshal on Saturday in DeWitt.


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