She was supposed to be Team USA's star, the nation's best hope in the hunt for a third consecutive all-around gold and a powerhouse on beam and floor.
But Jordyn Wieber's sparkle has been fading, overshadowed and out-performed by other top gymnasts in the field, first in the team qualifications, and then again in the team finals. Those ahead include teammates Gabby Douglas—the eventual all-around champion—Aly Raisman (in beam and floor), and McKayla Maroney (who ended up with a silver on vault even after a fall, just showing how great she is on that event).
All Wieber has left is one last shot at individual glory in today's floor final, set for 11:23 a.m. ET.
Fans and those who felt for Wieber's look of utter devastation after failing to qualify for the individual all-around final want her to get that individual Olympic gold that had once looked to be a sure fix around her neck.
Will she finally do it? Sadly, there doesn't seem to be much of a chance.
Wieber's highest score on floor these Games has been a 15.000—third behind Raisman (15.325) and reigning Olympic floor champion Sandra Izbasa of Romania (15.200).
Raisman already has a start value that's about 0.3 higher, so it's going to be near impossible for Wieber to close that gap unless Raisman fumbles out of bounds or takes a highly unlikely fall.
And that's just within Team USA. Other gymnasts standing in Wieber's way of gold—any any medal chance, really—include current world floor champion Kseniia Afanaseva (highest score so far a 15.066) and 2010 world champion on the same event, Lauren Mitchell (14. 833 in qualifying; only competed once so far after Australia didn't qualify for the team finals, so is even more rested than Wieber).
Unlike her best friend Raisman, and even Mitchell, Wieber doesn't leap out of most of her tumbling passes, which usually means she takes slight hops out of them, all of which are costly deductions, especially during event finals.
For some reason, the judges have been especially harsh on Wieber's execution on all events, giving her vault scores lower than Gabby Douglas (previously this was reversed), and such a dismal beam score in qualifying (Wieber's questionable connections were finally penalized) that Team USA dropped her from the team final lineup.
We can only expect them to scrutinize the floor final performances even more closely, and if Wieber doesn't step up her game, she may very well leave London without a single individual medal.
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