Jordyn Wieber is competing this week against two of her best friends.
“I think we have a good team bond,” said Wieber, of their relationship.
She’s talking about Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. The three teens have extraordinary talent and are competing against each other in the U.S. Olympic Trials.
“It’s not weird,” Maroney said. “We’re really good friends and I feel like that doesn’t really make a difference.”
“Competing against Jordyn is always a great experience,” said Raisman. “I think that we both push each other to the next level and, even though we’re competing against each other, we both want each other to do really well. I mean I have so much respect for her. She works so hard and is such an amazing competitor.
It’s not all training all the time. There’s some time for the friends to have fun, too.
“When we’re in the room rooming together we either watch TV shows or we just talk or we just have fun,” Raisman said.
All three are active on Twitter, which helps when they live so far apart. Raisman is from Boston, Maroney’s from Long Beach, Calif., and Jordyn hails from DeWitt.
“She’s my best friend even though she lives in Michigan and I live in Boston,” said Raisman. “When we’re not doing gymnastics, we still keep in touch even though we live so far away. We text basically every day and it’s really great because we’re both striving for the same goal."
That goal is to make it to the Olympics. Even though they’re competing against each other, they’re rooting for each other, too.
“You just go out there and you do your best and you know whatever happens is supposed to happen for a reason and you train as hard as you do to do your best,” Maroney said.
“Even though we’re competing against each other, we’re still all part of Team USA, so we’re still cheering for each other, and we want each other to do well,” said Wieber.
The women compete Friday at HP Pavilion and again on Sunday.
We’ll have much more on Jordyn Wieber Friday on News 10.