A dramatic Sunday night in London ended with one of America's best hopes for a Gold Medal in tears yesterday, as Jordyn Wieber failed to qualify for all-around final in Women's Gymnastics.
The reigning world champion faltered a bit on her vault, beam, bars and floor routines, earning scores below teammates Aly Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas. Only two representatives from each country are permitted to perform in the final round.
"It's a little bit of a disappointment," the 17-year old Wieber said in a statement. "It's always been a dream of mine to compete for the all-around at the Olympics, shoot for that gold medal. But I'm really proud of Aly and Gabby both. And I'm glad that I'll be able to help the team out in the team finals."Questions now arise over both the judging and the rules of this sport.
Wieber's coach, John Geddert, acknowledged that his pupil didn't enjoy her best day, but was still taken aback by her numbers.
"That's the lowest floor score she's gotten... ever," said Geddert. "And again, they gave her nothing in her floor routine that was questionable."
The other issue is why only two athletes per country are allowed to move on to the final 24. This is the Olympics. Shouldn't it showcase the very best in the world, regardless of how many of those athletes represent the same nation?
Wieber is now turning her attention to her next competition: the team final, which take places tomorrow.
"Thank you all for your love and support," she Tweeted last night. "I am so proud of our team today and I can't wait for team finals!!"