Jordyn Wieber: There’s No Crying... in the Olympics?
(Editor's Note: If you're following the Olympics, you probably know that 17 year-old gymnast Jordyn Wieber, last year’s World Champion, missed the cut and will not be able to compete in the individual all-around competition at the London Games. The rule states that only two athletes from each team are allowed to perform and since Wieber finished third on the U.S. team, she has to watch the all-around from the sidelines. And guess what? The teenager cried when she fell short of her goal. Zerlina, from Feministing, points out that everyone cries at the Olympics. The raw emotion is what makes the Games so awe inspiring. ~js)
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The media has hyped up Wieber’s breakdown after finding out that her teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas edged her out and kept her out of the all-around based on the narrative they created that Wieber was the favorite to win gold in London and that she and teammate Douglas were rivals. While that may be objectively true, this is the Olympics and well, if you are new to the Games, I’m here to tell you that things don’t always go as planned. That’s the point. And that’s part of what makes the Olympics exciting.
UPDATE: Wieber did lead the United States to team gold tonight - the first time the U.S. has won a gold medal in women's team gymnastics since 1996.