Jordyn Wieber: Predicting USA Gymnast's Olympic Legacy Following 2012 Games

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Jordyn Wieber of the United States practices the uneven bars during training sessions for artistic gymnastics ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Training Academyon July 26, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jordyn Wieber suffered heartbreak at the 2012 London Olympics when she was eliminated from the all-around final by her own two teammates.

Americans Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman dominated the qualifying round and sent their supposed leader to the locker room in a heap of tears.

Despite her failure to make the all-around final, Wieber's job in London is not done. She still has a job to do, though, as she will be a huge factor in the United States women's chances at winning the team final. She'll also be competing in the floor exercise.

The second-oldest competitor on Team USA gymnastics failed to make it to the all-around final because of a nonsensical rule that only allows two participants per country to advance.

However, rules are rules, and they are not going to change.

It is hard to predict Wieber's legacy as an Olympic gymnast because she hasn't really done anything yet. Sure, she's consistently destroyed most of the competition in countless international events, but she has yet to win any type of medal in her first Olympic Games.

If she is able to help her team bring home the gold and then go on to win gold in the floor exercise, she'll be off to a great start.

Shawn Johnson won four medals in her only Olympics in Beijing. She is regarded as one of the most beloved Olympians ever, thanks to her charisma and ability to shine in front of the camera.

Nastia Liukin took home five medals in 2008 before failing to make the team this year. Liukin comes from a pedigree of gymnasts and is held in high esteem by many American gymnastics experts.

Wieber is only 17 years old, one year older than Johnson was in her first Olympics, but a year younger than Liukin was.

It's feasible that Wieber could have two more Olympics to add to her medal count after the London Games. It would be a stretch, but she just turned 17 less than a month ago.

She has at least one left. If she comes away with two medals in London, then another three in Brazil, she could be considered one of the best American woman gymnasts of the new millennium.

Of course, winning an Olympic medal is easier said than done, but Wieber has greatness ahead of her. She isn't known as one of the world's best for no reason, and despite her disappointment in London, she'll bounce back.