Courtey of jordynwieber.comErin Bried, SELF magazine
We were shocked when high schooler Jordyn Wieber didn't make the individual all-around gymnastic finals, but she's not out of the game yet! Wieber's ready to help her team win Olympic gold in gymnastics team finals for the first time since 1996. In the team finals, the phenom will once again attempt one of the most difficult moves in the sport--the Amanar vault: a roundoff on the springboard, back handspring onto the horse and a 2 1/2 twisting layout backflip before landing. (Good God!) If she sticks it, Team USA might just get something shiny in return.
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How do you handle high expectations? "I focus on one practice at a time, one meet at a time, one event at a time. I have my ultimate goals in the back of my mind, but to make sure I don't get overwhelmed, I try to stay in the moment."
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What's your favorite indulgence? "I'm trying to avoid indulging right now. But when I can, I like frozen yogurt with fresh fruit on top."
What won't you leave home without? "My iPad and iPhone, to keep in touch with my friends and family; my own blanket and pillow, to be sure I get good sleep; and a straightening iron, because my hair is out of control without it!"
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Favorite psych-up song? "Wild Ones," Flo Rida
When I do gymnastics, I feel... challenged.
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