Best Known For
American gymnast Jordyn Wieber is best known as the first U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team member to hail from Michigan.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Olympian Jordyn Wieber was born on July 12, 1995 in DeWitt, Michigan. She started gymnastics training at the age of 4, and went on to win numerous competitions in the sport. Wieber was selected to compete with the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and in late July 2012, she and her teammates—Gabrielle Douglas, Kyla Ross,
American gymnast Jordyn Marie Wieber was born on July 12, 1995 in DeWitt, Michigan, to parents Rita and David Wieber, who recognized in their daughter an athletic aptitude when she was about 2 years old. They placed her in a gymnastics class and in two years' time Wieber started taking the training seriously.
At just 7 years old, Wieber qualified to the 2002 National TOP 7-8-Year-Old Diamond Team. The following year, she competed at the 2003 Early State Championships, and won vault, bars, beam, floor and all-around. In 2004, Wieber participated in the Michigan State Championships and placed second all-around. By the time she was 10, Wieber had already qualified to Level 10, the highest level in the Junior Olympic program, and a year later she qualified to the international elite level.
While successful in many of her gymnastic endeavors, it was Wieber's performance in March 2011 that caught the world's attention. She had filled in for an injured athlete at the American Cup and went head to head against Aliya Mustafina, who was reigning world all-around champion at the time. Wieber then proceeded to beat her opponent. Several months later, she won the gold medal in the all-around at the world championships in Tokyo, Japan. She also won a bronze medal on the balance beam, and helped the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team capture the gold medal.
In March 2012, Wieber competed in and won her third American Cup all-around competition. She also competed in the 2012 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championship, helping the American team place first and individually winning the all-around competition. She performed at the Visa Championships in June 2012, winning the all-around with a two-day combined high score. Wieber went on to compete at the Olympic Trials in San Jose, California, and was chosen to compete with the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.
"It feels amazing to be an Olympian," Wieber was quoted as saying in an article on the USA Gymnastics website, following the 2012 Olympic Trials. "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."
While many experts predicted that Wieber and one of her teammates, Gabby Douglas, had the best chance at winning individual medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wieber was beaten by both Douglas and another teammate, Aly Raisman, in the all-around finals.
profile name: Jordyn Wieber profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Since 1928, we have watched some of the world's most talented gymnasts leap, flip and twirl their way to Olympic gold. From the balance beam to the uneven bars, these poised athletes have balanced artistry and athleticism to win medals and the public's hearts. From legends like Nadia Comaneci and Olga Korbut to favorites like Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin, Biography looks at the famous gymnasts who have earned Olympic medals.
Olympic Gymnasts 10 people in this group
The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games set the stage for fierce competition among the world's top athletes in track and field, boxing, gymnastics, soccer, swimming and basketball, among other sports. Explore Biography.com's list of Olympic 2012 Athletes, from swimmers Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte to javelin-throwing beauty Leryn Franco, to swift track stars Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Sanya Richards-Ross, and more.
Olympic 2012 Athletes 49 people in this group
presented by Olympic 2012 Athletes
Famous Cancerians 589 people in this group