May 13, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT
London gold medalist and Fierce Fiver Jordyn Wieber will be on hand in Oklahoma this week when she’s awarded the first ever Nadia Comaneci Sportsmanship Award by the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
The award, named after the famous Romanian gold medalist best known for her prefect ten on the bars at the 1976 Games, is given to an active or retired gymnast “who has demonstrated great sportsmanship or fair play.”
Comaneci said she was happy to present the inaugural award to Jordyn because, as as the reigning world champ, “she showed great sportsmanship by overcoming her personal disappointment to help lead the US women to the gold medal,” after failing to make the all-around finals in London.
And of course, gymnastics legends Gina Gogean of Romania, Albert Azaryan of Armenia, and Yuri Korolev and Lyubov Burda of Russia will all be inducted as part of the Hall’s 2013 class.
- Oscar Pistorius sentenced to maximum 5 years in prison 0
- The jump for the ages: Mike Powell, Bob Beamon and a revered world record 0
- Apolo Ohno on Ironman: A milestone among my 8 Olympic medals 1
- Beijing Marathon run through smog (video, photos) 0
- Aksel Lund Svindal injured playing soccer, likely out most of season 0
- Justin Gatlin not among IAAF Athlete of the Year award finalists 0
- Noelle Pikus-Pace: I already miss skeleton, but happily retired 0
- Emotional Bode Miller medals in race that mattered most (61)
- Russian women kissing after relay victory at World Championships causes stir (60)
- IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics (47)
- South Korea filing official complaint over Yuna Kim’s Olympic silver (39)
- Zola Budd, 47, dominates college runners in 5K (33)