Jordan Wieber's hopes of becoming just the second gymnast to follow up a world title with an Olympic win the next year quickly dwindled on Sunday, but all is not lost.
Even though the current world all-around champion failed to qualify for the individual all-around, she can still help Team USA nab the gold from Russia.
Forgetting failure is easier said than done, especially after a monumental disappointment. However, Wieber may have thicker skin than most people thought.
At the moment, all of Wieber's disappointments appear to be behind her, as she has gained a new drive for Old Glory.
Earlier this morning she tweeted,
TEAM FINALS TODAY! Really feeling the USA spirit and we are ready to go!!!
It's difficult to question someone's spirit of competition, even after a loss. But to even question whether or not Wieber can bounce back is just not warranted. The 17-year-old has proven to have the heart of a champion, and that fact alone keeps her from being a liability in the team competition.
Not since 1996 has the US won a team gold medal in this competition.
However, with a superb squad featuring Aly Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas and Wieber, there is little doubt this team can't win gold.
After qualifying, those three were ranked just behind Russian leader Viktoria Komova.
Raisman and Douglas finished in front of Wieber in the individual all-around, so it's not like she has to put the team on her back in order for Team USA to win it all. While it's important that she comes out in the dominating fashion that she's capable of doing, she can't have the mindset of shouldering the entire load.
As long has Wieber holds her own in the team competition, the USA have a great chance of trouncing the Russians.
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