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Collected Wisdom: Jordyn Wieber, Olympic gymnast and Nadia Comaneci Sportsmanship Award honoree

The Oklahoman caught up with Jordyn Wieber to talk to her about life as a gymnast, the perks of being an Olympian and her second prom.
Modified: May 11, 2013 at 6:46 pm •  Published: May 11, 2013

Olympics gold medalist Jordyn Wieber was 10 years old the first time she came to Oklahoma.

She competed in her first Level 10 Nationals and placed in second.

On May 18, Wieber, now 17, will return to Oklahoma to be honored with the first Nadia Comaneci Sportsmanship Award by the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

The award is given to a current competitive or recently retired gymnast “who has demonstrated great sportsmanship or fair play.”

The Oklahoman caught up with Wieber to talk to her about life as a gymnast, the perks of being an Olympian and her second prom.

I became a gymnast when I was four years old. I've always been Jordyn the gymnast.

I still had to do the same amount of chores that my other two siblings had to do.

My older sister was a huge role model for me. She is eight years older than me and I always look up to her. She's a very hard worker. She actually just graduated medical school. Everything she does in her life, she puts 100 percent effort into it. I think that's really admirable.

I had to have a lot of strength to persevere after the disappointment of not making the all-around.

Going through all the competitions I did in my career, I learned to be able to compete under pressure, especially at Olympic trails.

You're always nervous no matter what. Over the years, I learned to kind of turn my nerves into excitement.

That was definitely one of the hardest parts of the Olympics, just knowing that all eyes are on you and you're not competing just for yourself and your team, but also for your country. Watching the American flag get raised, that was such an honor.

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International Gymnastics Hall of Fame Ceremony

Class of 2013 honorees: Albert Azaryan (Armenia), Lyubov Burda (Russia), Gina Gogean (Romania) and Yuri Korolev (Russia).

When: Saturday

Where: Petroleum Club

Tickets: For tickets to the ceremony, contact Lynn Landis at (405) 364-5344.


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