Wieber Prepares for World Championship

By: Steve Doty Email
By: Steve Doty Email

It was back to business as usual for Jordyn Wieber. The 16-year-old DeWitt High School junior, fresh off dominating the U.S. gymnastics national Championship, was excited to get back into the gym with her teammates.

"I was really excited to come in here," Wieber said. "I haven't seen my teammates in a week and a half. Just to see them and they all gave me a hug and told me they were really proud of me so that was really exciting."

Wieber will now start the grueling process for her next test, the World Championship in Tokyo. Wieber and her coach say it's just a matter of cleaning up her routine before her next competition.

"Just clean up a few things here and there," Wieber said. "Try to perfect all my skills and try to get the little wobbles out on beam and everything like that."

"Moving forward we're basically set with our skill development," Wieber's coach, John Geddert, said. "Now we're going to concentrate on making it more consistent."

That concentration will be key, but her coach is confidence she'll handle the attention and stay on track.

"First of all she's a grounded child, so I think she takes it all in stride," Geddert said. "She knows that being at the top of your game comes with a little media attention."

For Wieber to stay at the top, it'll take a lot of hard work, but the 16-year-old is looking forward to the challenge.

"Yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to this process," she said. "It's going to be a lot of hard work, but I think it's going to be really exciting and I'm really looking forward to it."

For now, Wieber is just looking forward to her next day at the gym.

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