United States gymnast Jordyn Wieber suffered heartbreak on her sport's biggest stage when she was excluded from the individual all-around final at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
She was eliminated in the qualifying round because of a nonsensical rule that only allows two competitors from each country to advance to the final round.
This is a rule that does not make sense because the Olympic Games are not supposed to be about competition between countries, but rather a competition between individuals. They aren't about promoting parity or sportsmanship, but rather competition in its rawest form.
Wieber posted the fourth-best all-around score amongst 60 competitors. Great Britain's Ashleigh Brennan, who scored nearly six whole points lower than Wieber will be moving on.
I digress, though. A rule is a rule, and it cannot be deemed controversial just because people do not agree with it.
Wieber finished with the third-best score on the vault, 12th best on the uneven bars and balance beam and sixth on the floor exercise.
The Dewitt, Michigan native didn't put on the best show of her career, but it wasn't her worst. She was good enough to wow the crowd, but not good enough to advance to the individual all-around final.
She had another task ahead of her. She could have given up on her team and felt sorry for herself, but as an Olympic athlete, that was not going to happen.
At 17 years old, Wieber displayed remarkable poise in Tuesday's team final. She competed in three out of four events and was one of the main reasons why the US women took home their first team gold since the 1996 Olympic Games.
Her vault score was third-best behind her two teammates Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney.
Douglas is one of the best all-around gymnasts in the entire world.
Maroney is like the left-handed specialist that comes out of the bullpen to get the left-handed hitter out, then comes out of the game. She's the best in the world in that event and competes in that event only.
Wieber's effort on the uneven bars was far from perfect, but that event is hardly the strength of any of these American gymnasts. Still, finishing 11th in an event that gives you trouble isn't anything to shake a stick at.
She was great as always on the floor exercise, finishing fourth among a stacked field. Again, Douglas and Raisman finished ahead of her.
It takes a lot for a 17-year-old girl to go from one end of the spectrum to the other. Wieber handled the adversity perfectly.
Nobody would have been surprised if she came out on Tuesday and looked a bit off, but that wasn't the case. Instead, she spoke volumes for her character and brought home the gold medal.
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