American gymnast Jordyn Wieber has one more opportunity to capture a medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games. After failing to get a shot at individual gold in the all-around event, she now has one final chance in the floor competition.
Unfortunately, the odds may be against Wieber. She seems to have struggled in most of the competitions, failing to qualify at times where her teammates succeeded.
In qualifications for the all-around, Wieber was bested by teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. The combination of efforts from teammates Raisman and Douglas secured gold for the team. Afterward, Newsday reported that “Wieber tried to put on a brave face on the outcome, but the desolation was evident...[the gold medal] served as partial solace and redemption.”
She is paired with Raisman for the floor competition today with hopes of making the podium. Raisman could very well be the reason the team competes well, having scored the best in the event in London.
Wieber’s lackluster performance, however, could be the setback that prevents the U.S. women’s team from achieving that goal.
That’s not to say that Wieber will not achieve greater things in the future. These Olympic Games may prove to be most worthwhile in terms of learning through adversity for the 17-year-old Olympian. Already, she has seen her teammates achieve goals that she had planned for herself.
The image of her teammates at the podium instead of her may possibly fuel her in future events, and propel her to be a better gymnast than ever before.
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