It was heartbreaking to see Jordyn Wieber‘s reaction when she was knocked out of the all-around competition despite finishing the qualifying day with the fourth-highest overall women’s score.
The top 24 individuals get to compete, however only two individuals from each team get to compete. Which makes no sense to me, because you really don’t have the all-around top 24 individuals.
On her way out of the stadium after the qualifying competition, Jordyn tried to exit without having to talk to the press, however, she was blocked from doing so.
“It was hard because of course I wanted that spot, but I also wanted Ally to do her best also for the team and for herself,” Wieber told NBC after Raisman’s results came in.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to compete in the all-around at the Olympics and shoot for that gold medal,” said the reigning world champion. “I’m really proud of Ally and Gabby (Douglas) both and I’m happy that they both made it to the all-around and I’m glad that I’ll be able to help the team out in team finals.”
Raisman said Wieber’s competitive toughness will help her overcome the disappointment in the team final. “The team final is so important. We have been training so hard,” Raisman said. “We have to turn the page and keep fighting.”
Onward and upward!