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USA Gymnastics: Jordyn Wieber's Epic Team Final Performance Shows True Potential

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Jordyn Wieber of the United States looks on as she is introduced in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Nathan GieseSenior Analyst IIAugust 1, 2012

With the USA gymnastics team earning a gold medal in the team competition in dominating fashion, Jordyn Weiber's "shocking" exclusion from the all-around championships seems all but a distant memory.

It was the story around the sports world, not just the story of the London Olympics.  Wieber, the reigning world champion in the all-around competition, missed the cut for the finals. She placed fourth, but her teammates Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman placed higher. Because each team can only take two competitors into the finals, Wieber missed the cut. This story caught so much steam it made national headlines.

Her teammates, coaches and fans tried to get her into the final round, but to no avail. However, while she may have missed out on winning gold in the all-around portion, Wieber vindicated herself by helping Team USA to a team gold medal.

After winning the gold, Wieber and her teammates received numerous congratulatory calls, texts and tweets from around the country. Some of those included President of the United States Barack Obama and entertainment icons Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.

While that's fine and dandy, Wieber's performance showed the world that she is, indeed, the best in the world at what she does.

After feeling the heartbreak of defeat and working through an injury, Wieber led off the competition on the vault with one of the rarest and most difficult moves in gymnastics: a two-and-a-half twisting Amanar.

Wieber went on to convert the move with a score of 15.993. Because her teammates knew her emotional state heading into the routine, Wieber hitting the move sent a jolt of energy into the rest of her team. Gabby Douglas had this to say about the move Team USA likes to label their "secret weapon":

"When she went out there and nailed that vault, it was contagious,” said Douglas, who followed next and got even more amplitude and higher marks.

The emotional and pain-fighting Wieber said it's easier for her to avoid thinking about the pain when she's competing:

“On the competition floor, the pain just goes away. I really mentally have to forget about it and just do my routines.”

It may have been difficult for a 17-year-old to overcome a national news story and regain her composure, but Jordyn Wieber overcame all the negativity surrounding her earlier performances to help capture gold. Not many teenagers can overcome a a rumor about them through their high school, and Wieber got over national attention in a matter of days. That's quite the accomplishment for a teenage girl.

Jordyn Wieber showed the world what's she's really made of in the team competition. Her gold medal will forever be a symbol of what determination can do for an athlete.

I think we all have Wieber fever now, don't you?

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