Jordyn Wieber: Fab Five Star Will Dominate in Event Finals
The 2012 London Olympics have been a disappointment of sorts for 2011 world all-around champion Jordyn Wieber.
Having seen Wieber's competitiveness in the past, I fully expect her to dominate in the individual floor exercise final.
Although U.S. teammate Aly Raisman is also in the final and has put up better scores on the floor than Wieber, I feel Wieber has only been thinking about one thing since the U.S. won team gold. Raisman has focused on the individual all-around, and will compete on the balance beam prior to the floor on Tuesday.
While good in their own right, the other gymnasts in the floor final have had other things to take their focus off the floor final.
Romania's Sandra Izbasa competed in the individual all-around and vault finals (where she won gold), so her focus hasn't been entirely on the floor. Her Romanian teammate Catalina Ponor also has the balance beam final before the floor final.
Russia's Ksenia Afanasyeva and Aliya Mustafina each have one other individual final they will compete in with Afanasyeva competing on the beam, while Mustafina will compete on the uneven bars.
Wieber, on the other hand, has had her focus on the floor final and nothing else.
When you give her time to think about what she's going to do, Wieber can be very dangerous. And, that's exactly what I think she's going to be in the final.
Looking at her résumé, there's no doubt she has the credentials. She won gold on the event at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships, gold at the 2011 VISA Championships in St. Paul and silver at the 2011 VISA Championships in St. Louis.
Where do you think Jordyn Wieber will finish in the floor exercise finals?
After missing out on the individual all-around final, Wieber was no doubt disappointed after qualifications. The blow was softened, however, when the U.S. won gold in the team final.
However, as the camera panned over to Wieber in the stands during the individual all-around final, the disappointed continued to be evident as we saw the look on her face.
That disappointment can be overcome on Tuesday at 11:23 a.m. ET when Wieber will compete against Raisman and six other gymnasts in the final.
She's had nothing else to focus on since the team final. To walk away without a medal, a gold medal at that, will be considered a failed Olympics for Wieber.
Going all out in the floor final, holding nothing back, is what I expect from her. Anything and everything you expect to see from her is what she'll put forth on the mat.
The only question is, can she put together the routine of her life, leaving everything out onto the mat?
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