The Fab Five Take Gold in London
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team took gold this week in London, dominating the other teams, finishing several points ahead of Russia, their closest competitor. During qualifying, Jordyn Wieber, the current reigning world all-around champion, placed 4th overall, taking her out of the running for the all-around competition. Despite this early upset, Jordan came back for the team competition, showing great poise and leadership, she helped her team take home the first Gold in team competition since the Magnificent 7 of 1996.
I had the chance to photograph Jordyn in her hometown of DeWitt, MI for the Olympic Preview issue of Sports Illustrated. I spent several days with her, photographing her training, and also at home with family and friends. I was impressed by her dedication and commitment to her sport as she trained tirelessly each day. The sacrifices she makes for her sport are inspiring. She trains many hours a day, and has recently added 90 minutes of dance to her weekly training regiment to become more limber and expressive. Jordyn epitomizes good sportsmanship; despite not being able to achieve her personal goal of competing in the Women’s all-around, she pushed through for the benefit of her entire team.