Jordyn Wieber Suffering From Right Leg Pain, May Have Stress Fracture

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2012

Jordyn Wieber's failure to qualify for the women's individual all-around final was disappointing, but it may not be the worst thing to come from her trip to London.

Gymnastike.com reported on Tuesday that Wieber injured her right leg at some point this summer:

Geddert shared that according to USA team doctor Larry Nassar, "there are all the signs of a stress fracture. She’s had soreness and now there is a lump there. So, she’ll be in a boot tomorrow, finish out the Games, get an x-ray, and then an MRI. It's the same leg as her heel injury. She’s been having problems since training camp."

There are worse injuries, but no one wants to deal with anything like this. Wieber didn't win any individual medals in London, and this news isn't going to make her feel any better.

Geddert mentions that Wieber's pain "began in mid-July." Coming to London under those circumstances shows her thirst for competition and how bad she wanted to represent Team USA in the Olympics.

Monday's floor exercise final was Wieber's final chance to earn an individual medal, but she wasn't precise and couldn't climb the leaderboard, finishing seventh.

She may not have fulfilled expectations in any of the individual exercises, but she did win a gold medal in the team final. She showcased her abilities consistently during her team's rotations, and she can hang her hat on that.

Wieber is only 17 years old. This shouldn't be a career-ending injury, but it's an unforeseen hurdle. In a sport like gymnastics, any leg injury is going to be felt. She was able to compete through the pain in London, but this injury could need more attention.

Stay tuned for more information regarding Wieber's status.

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