DeWitt High School Gives Big Welcome to Gymnast Jordyn Wieber

By: Caroline Vandergriff Email
By: Caroline Vandergriff Email

If DeWitt gymnast Jordyn Wieber expected a quiet return to her daily life at high school, then she was disappointed today.

Students lined the halls to congratulate her on being the top gymnast in the world, after winning two gold medals last week.

"Oh my gosh, I was totally surprised," said Jordyn Wieber. "I had no idea when I came to school today. I thought it would be a normal day, but I got here and everyone was lined up and it was awesome."

Jordyn Wieber spent the past month in Japan at the Gymnastic World Championship. She brought home two world titles - one for the all-around individual competition and another for being part of the winning U.S. team.

"It was awesome," Wieber said. "It's something I've been dreaming about since I was younger, and to reach that goal - it was really fun and I had a great time."

But now that she's home, Wieber is looking forward to living a normal life. Her classmates say despite her success, Wieber has remained humble.

"She doesn't want to stand out," said DeWitt High School senior Bre Moore. "She blends in just like any regular person."

The assistant principal at DeWitt High School, Sean Wade, says they want to give Wieber a regular school experience, but having an athlete of her caliber at their school is pretty special.

"We're trying to let this be a place where she can just be a normal student and not have the spotlight on her at all times," said Wade. "But at the same time, it's something we're very proud of and we want to acknowledge and recognize that."

Wieber says it's important for her to stay in school because she like having a life outside gymnastics. Even still, she says she can't wait to get back to training.

"There's so much work to be done and so much preparation in the next year leading up to the Olympics," Wieber said. "I'm excited."

Not many high school students have to worry about turning their homework in on time, and getting ready to try out for the Olympics.

In order to head to the 2012 Olympics in London, Wieber must still make the five-member U.S. team. The trials will be in June in California.

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