On Tuesday, August 7, three-time American Cup winner Jordyn Wieber of the USA Women's Gymnastics team will compete in the Floor Exercises Final event at the 2012 London Olympics. And she will be competing with a chip on her shoulder (via ESPN.com news services).
As a younger athlete, Wieber had become accustomed to success. She dominated All-Around events and eventually was crowned the 2011 World's All-Around Champion.
For the first time ever, the entire 2012 Women's Gymnastics team (that Wieber qualified for in July) was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Surrounded by teammates Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross, Wieber felt on her way to continuing her already decorated career.
Which is why her failure to qualify for the Women's All-Around Individual Final will fuel her to success on Tuesday.
Due to Olympic rules, only two members of any team may continue on to represent their country in the finals. Both Douglas and Raisman bested Wieber's score during the qualifying round. As a result, Wieber was excluded from representing Team USA in the finals.
After failing to qualify, Wieber showed resilience, helping lift Team USA to the gold medal during the Team All-Around Final. However, her individual scores were lowest on the American team.
If she can completely return to form Tuesday, she has a chance to add another medal to her list.
Wieber will give her best effort in order to prove once again that she is as talented an individual as any competing in the Floor Exercise. She is going to need to step up her game if she hopes to conquer fellow American Raisman, who scored highest on the Floor Exercises event during the aforementioned Individual All-Around Final.
Yet, Wieber cannot have forgotten how it feels to win. She has spent nearly four years, from 2008 through now, winning almost every event she entered. For this reason, and in order to reestablish herself after considerable disappointment, Wieber will leave nothing for chance on Tuesday.
The 2012 London Olympics have already taught Jordyn Wieber how to both win and lose with class. As Tuesday's event will be her final event of this Olympic season, Wieber will do her herself and her country proud.
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