Jordyn Wieber: Normal Teenager?

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

When you think of an Olympic athlete, the word “normal” doesn’t come to mind. But that’s how Jordyn Wieber’s family describes her.

“She’s a pretty standard teenager, she really is,” said Rita Wieber, Jordyn’s mother. “She loves fashion and she loves shopping. She likes purses and shoes and makeup. She loves Twitter and Instagram. She does all the normal teenage stuff.”

“She’s a little more busy than a normal kid,” said Wieber’s brother, Ryan. “But she does her homework, she hangs out with friends. She likes to just chill and have fun.”

Younger sister, Kyra, says Jordyn gives her advice about friends, and they like to go shopping together. Pretty normal sister stuff, she says, except for when they go to the mall and Jordyn gets asked for autographs.

“We make it kind of fun,” said Kyra Wieber. “Sometimes when we go shopping, we’ll count how many people notice her, stare at her, something like that.”

We asked Jordyn’s older sister, Lindsay, what would surprise us about her younger sister.

“I just learned this about her,” said Lindsay Wieber. “She hates feet. If you touch her with feet, she was freaking out about it. We were out at the pool and my other sister, Kyra—her feet touched her and she started freaking out about her feet, which is so weird because they’re barefoot all the time in the gym.”

Kyra Wieber says Jordyn has more fun than we might think.
“People think that she doesn’t have a big social life,” says the 12-year-old. “You would think that she spends like every single hour of her life in the gym. But on the weekends and stuff, she hangs out with her friends, she hangs out with me and my sister and stuff. So she’s not spending like her whole life in the gym.”

The final night of the women's trials starts Sunday night. We’ll have much more coming up tonight on News 10.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Lansing on Jul 3, 2012 at 09:23 AM
    I think the kudos should really go to her parents. Her parents developed the foundation for and her siblings. It does not appear they allow their children to be lazy and just sit around. The teenagers that are on the computer or in front of the TV all the time get it from their parents. The parents should be held accountable for allowing their children to be lazy and not active, both physically and mentally. I hate when kids are blamed when the adults are the leaders, set the precedent and are the parents!
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      by Jason on Jul 4, 2012 at 08:40 AM in reply to Anonymous
      I see your point, but I find it kind of odd since I know someone who works at an elementary school who tells me that students complain of being bored when let outside for recess. They would rather sit inside and play on the iPhones that their parents provide them. So yes, it rubs off from the parents, but I can't figure out why they would be bored on a playground for pete's sake.
  • by DeWitt Resident on Jul 2, 2012 at 03:04 PM
    Jordyn is an extraordinary teenager who also does normal teen type things.
  • by Wow on Jul 2, 2012 at 03:48 AM
    I understand local pride but this many stories about a local is overboard.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2012 at 09:51 AM in reply to Wow
      How many gold medal in the Olympic candidates do we get from mid Michigan? I'm not talking someone who goes to MSU or doesn't live here anymore.
  • by Steven Harris Location: Jackson on Jul 1, 2012 at 06:52 PM
    No, she is not a "normal" teenager. She is an exceptional teenager. Normal teenagers play video games and chat on the internet all day long while eating junk food and drinking Mtn. Dew. Glad to see someone doing something great for themselves. Makes Michigan look a little better.
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      by Nancy on Jul 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM in reply to Steven Harris
      Well said, Steven!!
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      by Michelle on Jul 3, 2012 at 01:48 PM in reply to Steven Harris
      I agree!
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