Jordyn Wieber is a favorite for all-around gold
If there's one sure thing heading into the women's gymnastics portion of the Olympics, it's Jordyn Wieber.
Night in, night out, no matter what the event, she performs consistent, explosive routines. It's like she's unable to disappoint.
But even the best have their weaknesses and in Wieber's case there are events that she doesn't score as high on (even though she still blows away the competition).
So what is her most challenging event? Floor? Uneven bars? Vault? Beam?
What's she best at?
Here are the power rankings for Jordyn Wieber's best events, in order from worst to first.
2012 Visa Championships
Average score past two years: 14.71
Low score: 13.9 (2011 American Cup)
High score: 15.35 (U.S. Olympic Trials)
Wieber's weakest event is the uneven bars, but only barely (it used to be the clear weakness).
While she's considered one of the most consistent all-around performers, regardless of the event, and one of the favorites to take home gold in the all-around (and with good reason), it's pretty clear that where she lacks the most is on the bars.
For starters, it's the only event that Wieber has averaged well below 15.0 in the past two years. In 2011, according to her website, she averaged 14.5 in nine attempts in major competition with no score above 15.0.
The one positive note for her is that she did improve rather well in 2012. Her average score in seven tries was 14.98. She also peaked with two 15.35 performances in the prelims and finals of the Trials. She's been on a steady upward climb all season.
Thankfully she makes up in other areas, but if she wants to give herself a good cushion to build upon she'll need at least a 15.0.
Average score past two years: 15.07
Low score: 13.7 (2012 Pacific Rim Championships- Finals)
High score: 15.7 (2012 Pacific Rim Championships- Prelims)
At one point this may have been Wieber's second strongest event, but not anymore.
She has been fairly consistent this season on the beam (her favorite event), outside of an up-and-down performance at the Pacific Rim Championships earlier this year. But the scores haven't been as strong as her two best events.
Outside of that 13.7 in the finals, Wieber has never tallied a score less than 14.6. She's got a higher floor in this event than on the uneven bars, although lately she has performed better on the bars. It's that consistency, however, that makes this her third best event.
In the Olympic Trials, Wieber scored a 15.05 in the prelims and a 14.9 (a significant reason why she fell to Douglas) in the finals. It isn't jaw dropping, but that's right around where the rest of her scores have been (14.88 average in 2012).
2012 Visa Championships
Average score past two years: 14.86
Low score: 12.8 (2011 City of Jesolo)
High score: 15.6 (U.S. Olympic Trials- Finals)
Wieber is touted as one of the better performers on the floor, but it's not her strongest event.
It is, however, where she's shown the most growth.
Last year the argument could have been made that it was her weakest, if you went by the scores. Only once last year did she post above a 15.0 in competition—a 15.0 in the Visa National Championships Final—on her way to averaging just (for her) a 14.55 for the year.
This year was a complete different story, as Wieber's lowest mark was a 14.65 in the Pacific Rim Championships prelims. She showed consistency as well as better skills in the Visa National Championships, posting scores of 15.35 and 15.25 in the prelims and final, respectively.
And then she topped that off with her two best scores of the season in the Trials with a 15.4 in the prelims and a stellar 15.6 the next day.
If she can maintain this upward trend, the sky's the limit for her.
Average score past two years: 15.81
Low score: 15.433 (2011 World Championships- Prelims)
High score: 16.1 (2012 American Cup)
Watching Wieber perform on the vault is like watching Rafael Nadal in the French Open.
It's her bread and butter.
While teammate Gabby Douglas out-flies her competition by a noticeable height, Wieber is a surgeon on vault, blowing the competition out of the water night in and night out.
In the past two years, she has scored below a 15.5 just once. Once.
In the past two National Championships she's improved her score from the prelims to the finals by at least .25 points. The bigger the stage, the bigger her vault.
While it's easy to predict that she won't fold under the pressure in any event in London, I just can't fathom seeing a sub-15.5 from her. She's as good a lock at this event as there is.
Don't be surprised to see a score around 16.0, something she is quite capable of, especially considering she seems to perform better on bigger stages.
And this is the biggest of them all.