Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber Coming to Show-Me STATE GAMES

Posted May 9, 2013 at 11:25 am

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The Show-Me STATE GAMES is partnering with Jordyn Wieber to offer Missouri’s young gymnasts the opportunity to meet their gymnastics idol on Friday, July 19, in Columbia as well as help raise money to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Missouri. Athletes in all of the Show-Me STATE GAMES’ more than 40 sports will also have the exciting opportunity to see the Olympic Gold Medalist at the Opening Ceremonies for Missouri’s own Olympic-style sports festival, the largest of its kind in the country.

Those wishing to vie for the chance to meet Wieber should register at www.gymfunwithjordyn.org. The participants who fundraise at least $250 will meet and have lunch with Wieber at the Show-Me STATE GAMES celebration on July 19. The top fundraisers will be invited to attend a private gymnastics clinic.

“I’m thrilled to team up with the Show-Me STATE GAMES to raise both money and awareness for the Ronald McDonald House. I can’t wait to meet all the young gymnasts of Missouri on July 19,” Wieber said.

The evening of July 19, Wieber will join the Show-Me STATE GAMES in kicking off the 2013 GAMES at the Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena. The Show-Me STATE GAMES Audrey Walton Opening Ceremonies are open and free to the public and will feature Olympic traditions including the parade of athletes and lighting of the cauldron.

“We are very excited to introduce Jordyn Wieber to our future gymnastic stars growing up here in Missouri as well as athletes from more than 40 different sporting events who will enjoy hearing from a renowned Olympic athlete. We are also excited to partner with her to generate funds and increase awareness for our event and the Ronald McDonald House. This is teamwork at its best,” said Ken Ash, Executive Director of the Show-Me STATE GAMES.

There are two ways for the fundraisers to take part in a private clinic with Jordyn Wieber:

•The top fundraising Missouri Gymnastics club will earn a private clinic with Wieber on July 19 in Columbia. Any member of the top fundraising club raising at least $100 will be eligible to attend the private clinic.

•For those who do not earn the private clinic with the top fundraising club, Wieber will also host a private clinic with the top 30 overall fundraisers.

During both private clinics with Wieber, she will share her top gymnastics drills, skills and ideas for mental preparation. Wieber will also offer one-on-one individual feedback to gymnasts in attendance.

Fundraising for the event begins May 1 and wraps up on July 17 at 11:59 PM CST. Those wishing to participate need to register at www.gymfunwithjordyn.org. You can follow the top fundraising club and the top 30 overall fundraisers on the website under “fundraising update.” The fundraiser is open to any and all wishing to participate.

About the Show-Me STATE GAMES

The Show-Me STATE GAMES (SMSG) is an Olympic-style sports festival with more than 40 sports for all ages and ability levels. In addition to the summer games, the Show-Me STATE GAMES offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun. Sponsors, volunteers, participants and commissioners make the GAMES possible. In 2012, 27,873 people participated in the summer games and year-round participation for all of 2012 SMSG events was 34,994.

The 2013 GAMES will take place June 14-16, July 19-21 and July 26-28. Find more details and registration for all events at www.smsg.org.

About the Ronald McDonald House

Families are stronger when they are together, which helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While we cannot ease the pain of sick children and their families’ experience, we can help lessen their burden and ensure children have access to quality medical care by providing their families with a place to stay nearby the hospital at our Ronald McDonald House. More than just a place to sleep, our House provides a warm, safe and comfortable home for sick children and their families. To do this, the Ronald McDonald House relies on the love, sharing and caring of hundreds of generous donors and volunteers from the mid-Missouri community. We welcome you to the “House that Love Built.”

About Jordyn Wieber

Olympian Jordyn Wieber was born on July 12, 1995 in DeWitt, MI. She started gymnastics training at the age of four, 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, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, took home 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.

At just seven 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.

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, CA, and was chosen to compete with the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.

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.

Wieber didn’t miss out on gold altogether, however; she and other members of the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney, 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.

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 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.