Edited to add: Jordyn made the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team – CONGRATULATIONS, Jordyn!
When I was a little girl I wanted to be a gymnast. Like Nadia Comaneci. Like Mary Lou Retton. I practiced diligently….until the day the bar I was on collapsed. Three broken fingers and a knocked out front tooth later – my short and fairly unimpressive gymnastics career came to an end.
But my love of the sport did not.
The first Olympic event I attended in person was in 1984 in Los Angeles. And it was Women’s Gymnastics. I am certain my mom and I held our breath the entire time. I still do as I watch.
As it turns out, so do the mothers of the current Olympic Gymnastic hopefuls. Recently, while visiting the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Rita Wieber, mom to gymnast, Jordyn Wieber.