Jordyn Wieber's London heartbreak continued on Tuesday, as she failed to medal in the floor routine in her final event of the 2012 Olympics.
Just as she did in the individual all-around qualifying, Wieber stepped out of bounds during her routine, knocking her score down to a disappointing 14.5. She finished seventh in the eight-woman field.
The American star became one of the faces of these Olympics last week, when she finished fourth in the qualifying for the individual all-around competition. Most gymnasts would love to have a performance like that, but with the rules being what they are, her teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas posted better scores, and she did not make the field.
Despite Wieber's heartbreak on that day, she shined during the team competition, helping lead the United States to a gold medal for the first time since 1996. Her vault was spectacular, and the floor exercise was better than expected.
Even with her success on that day, the floor routine has never been Wieber's specialty. That is not to say she is bad in this particular event—far from it—but she came into this particular event as one of the favorites for a medal, instead of being the favorite.
As is often the case with sports, Wieber just didn't have luck on her side today. Wieber has as much talent as any gymnast in the world, but sometimes you need a little luck on your side to finish at or near the top of the standings.
Wieber can take solace in knowing that she is not leaving London empty-handed. She might be asking herself what could have been, though she really has nothing to be ashamed of.
It may not be the historic ending everyone had anticipated, but Wieber's strength, grace and integrity have made her something far more than just another Olympic gymnast.
Women's Floor Exercise Final—Full Results
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