Top 10 2013 Most Flexible Women's Gymnasts Inspiring Life Stories
These women's gymnasts are fittest, flexible, beautiful and are like fairies flying in the air. Women Fitness has made an attempt to select Top 10 2013 most flexible women's gymnasts of the world. We sincerely hope their life stories shall be an inspiration and quench the thirst to know more about them to the budding women gymnasts and all fitness inclined women at large.
Jordyn Wieber, U.S.A:
Jordyn Marie Wieber was born on 12th July , 1995. She is an American
artistic gymnast who was a member of the gold medal-winning US Women's
Gymnastics teams at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
She was also the 2011 World Women's All-Around Champion.
Wieber was born on July 12, 1995, in DeWitt, Michigan, the daughter of Rita (née
Reifsnyder) Wieber, who is an emergency room nurse and exercise physiologist,
and David Wieber, who is a director at a health-care subsidiary. She is the
third oldest of four children, and her family attends the St. Jude Catholic
Church in Dewitt. Her maternal grandmother is of Lebanese descent.
Wieber started gymnastics at a young age. "I was probably two or three. My
parents noticed that I had unusually bigger muscles than a typical little kid,
so they put me in gymnastics. A little fun class where I could run around and
play and stuff and just have fun. Then I actually stopped for a little bit to do
dance class. When I was four I went back to gymnastics and that’s kind of when I
started getting really into it." She later enrolled with John Geddert, who
handpicked her to his Silverstars program, and by age 10, she had qualified to
Level 10 in the Junior Olympic program, and then qualified for international
elite a year later in 2006.
In February, Wieber competed at the American Cup in Chicago, Illinois. She won
the all-around competition with a score of 60.200.In August, an injury prevented
her from attending the Visa Championships.
In April, Wieber competed at the 2010 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in
Melbourne, Australia. She helped the American team place first. Individually,
she won the all-around competition with a score of 59.550.
In July, Wieber competed at the Covergirl Classic in Chicago, Illinois. She won
the all-around competition with a score of 59.950.In August, Wieber attended the
Visa championships but sprained her ankle on the balance beam and withdrew from
In March, Wieber participated in her first senior elite competition at the
American Cup in Jacksonville, Florida, where she filled in for an injured
athlete. She won the all-around competition with a score of 59.899. "It felt
great to win my second American Cup title," Wieber said. "It's such an honor."
Later in March, Wieber competed at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Jesolo, Italy.
She placed second behind teammate McKayla Maroney in the all-around competition
with a score of 57.700. The Americans also won the team title.
In July, Wieber competed at the Covergirl Classic in Chicago, Illinois. She
placed first on uneven bars with a score of 15.200 and tied for first on balance
beam with Olympic medalist Alicia Sacramone. Both girls scored 15.200.
In August, Wieber competed at the Visa Championships in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
After the first day, she said, "I wasn't too nervous, but I just had to get a
few jitters out. I definitely think floor and vault were really strong. I'm
definitely going to focus on bars and beam on Saturday." She won the all-around
competition with a two day combined score of 121.300. In the event finals, she
placed first on uneven bars scoring 29.750, third on balance beam scoring 29.900
and first on floor scoring 29.900. Wieber said, "It feels really good. Just how
aggressive and confident I was, I want to put into my training."
In October, Wieber competed at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
in Tokyo, Japan. She contributed an all-around score of 60.398 towards the
American team's first place finish. She also won the all-around final with a
score of 59.382. "I feel amazing," Wieber said. "I was so surprised. I wasn't
expecting to come out on top but I am really happy and glad that I did enough on
that floor routine to make it. To come in here and achieve one of my goals that
I have had since I was a little kid is so exciting. I am very happy to have this
gold medal around my neck." In event finals, she placed fourth on uneven bars
scoring 14.500, third on balance beam scoring 15.133, and sixth on floor scoring
Wieber was a finalist for the James E. Sullivan Award, which is given annually
by the Amateur Athletic Union.
In January, Wieber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
At the beginning of March, Wieber competed at the American Cup in New York City,
New York. She won the all-around competition with a score of 61.320. "It feels
amazing to win my third American Cup," said Wieber. "I'm really excited to get
started with the Olympic year."
Later in March, Wieber competed at the 2012 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships
in Everett, Washington. She helped the American team place first. Individually,
she won the all-around competition with a score of 61.050. Wieber said, "I was
pretty happy that I hit four solid events, because it's been a few meets since
I've (done that)." In the event finals, she placed sixth on balance beam scoring
13.700 and first on floor scoring 15.125.
In May, Wieber competed at the Secret U.S. Classic in Chicago, Illinois. She
placed 8th on uneven bars with a score of 14.250 and first on balance beam with
a score of 15.000.
In June, Wieber competed at the Visa Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. She
won the all-around competition with a two-day combined score of 121.900. In the
event finals, she placed fifth on uneven bars scoring 30.100, fifth on balance
beam scoring 29.750, and second on floor scoring 30.500. "I'm just happy to be
here, especially in the Olympic year," Wieber said. "I feel like all my hard
work is paying off."
In early July, Wieber competed at the Olympic Trials in San Jose, California.
After the first day, Wieber said, "Today went pretty well. My main goal was to
go out there and do confident routines. The crowd was awesome – I love seeing
the stands full and hearing them cheer before I go up for a routine." She placed
second in the all-around competition with a two-day combined score of 123.350.
In the event finals, she placed fourth on uneven bars scoring 30.700, third on
balance beam scoring 29.950, and second on floor scoring 31.000. Wieber was
chosen as a member of the American team for the 2012 Summer Olympics. "It feels
amazing to be an Olympian," Wieber said. "This is definitely the best day of my
life and knowing that all of my hard work has paid off is amazing. I'm just so
proud of each and every girl who competed here today."
Wieber was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the rest of the USA
Women's Olympic Gymnastics team on the July 18, 2012, issue of Olympic Preview.
This marked the first time an entire Olympic gymnastics team had been featured
on the cover of "Sports Illustrated".
At the end of July, Wieber competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London,
United Kingdom. In qualifications, she placed fourth overall with a score of
60.032 behind teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, meaning that she would
not advance to the all-around final due to the rule limiting participating
countries to having a maximum of two competitors in the all-around final. Wieber
would still compete in the team final where the American team qualified first
and the floor final where she qualified sixth with a score of 14.666. She said,
"It was hard because of course I wanted that spot, but I also wanted Aly to do
her best also for the team and for herself. It's always been a dream of mine to
compete in the all around at the Olympics and shoot for that gold medal. I'm
really proud of Aly and Gabby both and I'm happy that they both made it to the
all around and I'm glad that I'll be able to help the team out in team finals."
Her coach, John Geddert said, "I'm basically devastated for her. She has trained
her entire life for this day and to have it turn out anything less than she
deserves is going to be devastating. She has waited her entire career for this.
She is happy for her teammates and disappointed that she doesn't get (to) move
In the team final, Wieber contributed scores of 15.933 on vault, 14.666 on
uneven bars, and 15.000 on floor toward the American team's first place finish.
Though all three of her scores were the lowest of the Americans', Wieber is
considered to be a good "lead off" gymnast. Wieber said, "I was pretty
disappointed, but I had to put it together mentally, especially for this team. A
team gold medal was also officially a goal of mine, and I had to pull myself
together and move on and be stronger mentally for the team. The feeling was
incredible. To have this gold medal around your neck, it's really an
indescribable feeling." The team was nicknamed the "Fierce Five".
In the floor final, Wieber placed seventh with a score of 14.500. She said, "I
knew that it was going to have to take a lot of details in the routine with all
the landings. I did step out of bounds, and I knew at that point that it
wouldn't be enough. I tried to still fight through and finish the routine
After the Olympics, Wieber announced that she had been competing with a stress
fracture in her right leg caused by a heel injury. She said, "Once I got out on
the floor, adrenaline took over and I didn't really feel it that much." She was
forced to limit her training to protect the injury. "That affected me a little
bit," Wieber said. "I know that eventually affected my performance. In the end,
I have no regrets. I know injuries come with the sport and you have to deal with
it and I'm glad I fought through and finished out to the end."
Dated 11 February 2013