Dec 21, 2012, 5:39 PM EST
While London all-around champ Gabby Douglas was named AP Female Athlete of the Year Friday, and American teammate Aly Raisman took home co-Bostonian of the year, Jordyn Wieber was busy getting back to work.
According to her outspoken coach John Geddert’s Facebook page, the 17-year-old contacted him Friday (his birthday!) and informed him that she’s ready to resume serious training, with sights set on the U.S. Championships in August.
“One step at a time of course, but what a great birthday present. Have to say I am a bit geeked about this….”
Wieber hasn’t made an official announcement of her future plans in gymnastics, and it’s too early to assume Rio, but it would appear the heavily touted 2011 world champ, who suffered a painful disappointment by not qualifying to the Olympic all-around competition, is ready to take the next step.
In a post Olympic interview, Geddert expressed concerns over Jordyn’s age and body type (she’ll be 21 in 2016) saying, “Like it or not, this is a little girl’s sport, not a women’s sport.”
If Geddert needs a reference on age, we have a good one:
American Shannon Miller suffered disappointment by finishing with an all-around silver medal by one one-thousandth of a point in Barcelona. She went on to become America’s most decorated gymnast, a back-to-back world all-around champ, part of the first U.S. gymnastics team to win Olympic gold, and the first American to take Olympic gold on the balance beam. Miller was nearly 20 at the time. Not bad.
You want one more?
Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina suffered incredible disappointments in 1996, and again in the 2000, when she (like Wieber) was the reigning world champ and expected to take the all-around crown – until, of course, someone set the vault at the wrong height. Khorkina eventually prevailed, winning three world all-around titles, including her final one at age 24. She added an Olypmic all-around silver medal to her resume in Athens at the age of 25.
The relatively inexperienced U.S. gymnastics team performed brilliantly this summer. Both the team and individuals like Douglas and Raisman made history, but Wieber’s determination and unfinished business? That’s the kind of stuff that can make all-time greats. Good luck, Jordyn.
Dec 6, 2013, 12:04 PM EST
A single U.S. speed skater won an event on the first day of the Berlin World Cup, but not the one many would have thought. Not two-time Olympic champion Shani Davis. Not world sprint champion Heather Richardson. Not world-record holder Brittany Bowe. Rather, it was Joey Mantia who won the 1500m in 1 minute, 45.80 seconds, .03 better than Poland’s…
Dec 6, 2013, 10:43 AM EST
Great Britain’s Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, who gained infamy for finishing in last place in 1988 Olympic ski jumping events, wants to jump at a World Cup event on New Year’s Day. Edwards, who turned 50 on Thursday, wants to be a fore-jumper rather than an actual competitor at an event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, as…
Dec 6, 2013, 10:10 AM EST
Yuna Kim stumbled out of one of three jumping passes in her competitive return from a foot injury but still posted her highest short program score since the Vancouver Olympics on Friday. The Olympic and world champion earned a 73.37 at the Golden Spin of Zagreb in Croatia. That’s higher than any woman’s short program…
Dec 6, 2013, 6:53 AM EST
Has Japan finally found the skater that can win the country its first gold medal in men’s figure skating? Yuzuru Hanyu just might be that man, the 18-year-old delivering a complete performance to capture the gold medal at the Grand Prix Final Friday in front of a home crowd, besting three-time world champion Patrick Chan.…
Dec 6, 2013, 5:31 AM EST
On rages the battle between the two best ice dance teams in the world. Friday at the Grand Prix Finals in Fukuoka, Japan, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White squeaked out the narrowest of margins against rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, taking the lead after the short dance, 77.66 to 77.59. “Wow,” remarked White…
Dec 5, 2013, 6:01 PM EST
Nelson Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president after spending 27 years in prison during an era of racial oppression, died at age 95 on Thursday. Mandela’s reach was global, in many aspects. Some of his most enduring images came with a backdrop of sports. He grew up an amateur boxer who admired the…
Dec 5, 2013, 1:46 PM EST
Curling officials want a mixed-gender event in the 2018 Olympics. “Mixed doubles is part of our sport that has taken off around the world,” World Curling Federation president Kate Caithness said, according to The Associated Press. Mixed doubles curling includes teams of one man and one woman, as opposed to the traditional four-person teams in the…
Dec 5, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
Ryan Lochte is swimming again, a little over one month after tearing an MCL and spraining an ACL when he said a fan ran into him. He plans to be “back in full swing” after Christmas, according to NBC Charlotte. A November report said he would resume training in February. “I feel like a little kid…
Dec 5, 2013, 12:43 PM EST
Lindsey Vonn will ski competitively for the first time in 10 months on Friday, less than three weeks after partially tearing her ACL in a training crash. The Olympic downhill champion said Thursday she’s “confident and excited” about racing in a World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, according to The Associated Press. Vonn took her first…
Dec 5, 2013, 12:03 PM EST
Ron Burgundy is a connoisseur of the Winter Olympics. The Anchorman proved that on the “Dan Patrick Show” on Thursday, four days after commentating the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. In the video above, Burgundy re-enacted Al Michaels‘ famous finishing lines from the “Miracle on Ice” game at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. For comparison’s sake, here’s Michaels’ call…
Dec 5, 2013, 11:29 AM EST
The first Olympic women’s ski jumping competition figures to be won by either Sara Takanashi or Sarah Hendrickson on Feb. 11. Japan’s Takanashi, 17, is the reigning World Cup champion. The American Hendrickson, 19, is the reigning world champion. Hendrickson is not a sure bet to compete in Sochi due to her knee injury, but when healthy they seem…
Dec 5, 2013, 10:24 AM EST
Tam Chua Puh, a 43-year-old pastry chef, turned in one of the more remarkable distance-running performances of the year when he was the first Singaporean to finish the Singapore Marathon on Sunday. Turns out, it was too good to be true. On Wednesday, Tam said he ran barely six kilometers of the 42-kilometer (26.2-mile) route,…
Dec 5, 2013, 9:58 AM EST
The Sochi Olympic torch relay, among other exploits, has included sled dogs and reindeer (and, it is expected, a dolphin). Add a camel to the list. A two-humped camel will carry an Olympic torch in the city of Chelyabinsk, the site above which a meteor exploded on Feb. 15. The Olympic torch relay is scheduled…
Dec 5, 2013, 9:23 AM EST
David Rudisha believes he can expand from the 800m, but not in the distance he’s talked about before. The Kenyan, both Olympic champion and world record holder in the two-lap race, is considering racing the 1500m before he retires. “I used to run 400m and through encouragement from my coach and friends, I committed myself to…
Dec 5, 2013, 8:17 AM EST
Lindsey Vonn is working her way back for Sochi, but it’s still unknown if Tiger Woods will be there in February. Woods was asked if he’s “making plans to be in Sochi” on Wednesday. “I think that’s just day to day,” Woods said at the Northwestern Mutual Challenge in Sherwood Oaks, Calif. “We just don’t know how her…
Dec 5, 2013, 7:20 AM EST
Mao Asada and Yuzuru Hanyu thrilled their home crowd Thursday in Fukuoka, Japan, the two Japanese skaters jumping out to healthy leads following their respective short programs at the Grand Prix Final. Hanyu, 18, delivered a world-record performance in his short, registering a score of 99.84 to build a healthy 12-point lead over Patrick Chan,…
Dec 4, 2013, 2:46 PM EST
Lindsey Vonn is one step closer to skiing competitively for the first time in 10 months. The Olympic downhill champion took an official downhill training run in near-zero-degree temperatures in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Wednesday afternoon, site of World Cup races this weekend. She completed the course in 1 minute, 59.53 seconds, the 22nd fastest of…
Dec 4, 2013, 12:57 PM EST
Burton revealed its patchwork designs for the U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team on Tuesday. “We’re really proud that the 2014 uniform builds on Burton’s legacy of creating fun, unconventional designs that stray from the formal, traditional look of most uniforms,” said Greg Dacyshyn, Chief Creative Officer at Burton Snowboards, in a press release. “The vintage quilt and…
Dec 4, 2013, 12:26 PM EST
The biggest international event from now until the Olympics is missing three active Olympic champions, but it will still provide a strong look at Sochi medal prospects. The Grand Prix Final takes the top six from each discipline over six qualifying events, which began with Skate America in October. If the Olympics are the most…
Dec 4, 2013, 10:33 AM EST
NBC Olympics added Ato Boldon, Mary Carillo and Cris Collinsworth as correspondents for its Sochi 2014 coverage, joining Maria Sharapova. Boldon, a four-time Olympic medalist sprinter for Trinidad and Tobago, will make his Winter Olympic broadcast debut. Boldon, 39, covered track and field for NBC Olympics at the 2008 and 2012 Games. Carillo, working her 12th Olympics, will be the host and…
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