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American gymnast Jordyn Wieber is best known as the first U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team member to hail from Michigan.
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Kyla Ross and McKayla Marone—went on to win a team gold medal. Fans worldwide watched as judges announced the team's medal win—the first gold medal for the American women's gymnastics team since 1996.
Wieber went on to place seventh in the individual floor exercise at the 2012 Olympics.
Since turning professional in 2011, Wieber has transformed into a gymnastics star, racking up several sponsors, including Kellogg's and AT&T. Not only has she received fame for her various awards, she's known for being the first U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team member to hail from Michigan.
In spite of her fame, Wieber has remained down to earth. To her family, friends and community, "she is just Jo—a girl with a great smile every day who just happens to have out-of-world talent at 17," according to a July 2012 article in the Detroit Free Press. Wieber has also remained true to herself, despite appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in January 2012, and on the cover of a July issue of Sports Illustrated. "I don't think I've changed all that much," she told the Detroit Free Press. "I'm pretty much the same person I've always been, just maybe a little more determined."
In fact, a July 2012 Washington Post article described Wieber as an athlete with "impeccable concentration and a stoic demeanor," which she herself has described as character traits that help her perform better.
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