Jordyn Wieber’s comeback is officially underway. So far we’ve seen only been able to read her coach John Geddert’s Facebook post announcing her return to training, and see photos from Jordyn’s Instagram showing a few poses in her new floor routine. But now: some actual video coverage of Wieber in action.
Geddert recently allowed access to one of Wieber’s training sessions to Gymnastike, which covers NCAA and elite gymnastics. The site posted the footage on their web-series OMG (embeded below – skip ahead to 3:39 to see Jordyn), which shows Wieber tumbling and working out on the uneven bars, looking very much back in competition form.
According to Geddert, Jordyn has all her old tricks back, including her difficult trademark tumbling (we see her completing a double twisting, double summersault with ease in the video), and they are currently adding new skills. So, what’s the competition timeline? It was reported earlier that Wieber was gearing up for a return at the national championships in August, but things appear to be moving ahead of schedule and as Geddert told Gymnastike, the new goal is to be at the U.S. Classic in Chicago this July.
Wieber will be looking to make the 2013 World Championships, which, in the year after the Olympics, does not include a team competition and that means the team will be made up of only four athletes. With the brief and very (very) quiet announcement that first year senior and 2013 American Cup champion Katelyn Ohashi underwent shoulder surgery this past Friday, Wieber could look to fill an all-around spot for team USA.
Oh, wait! There’s one more Wieber rumor floating around the Gymnternet. Those “new skills” Geddert alludes to might include a second vault. With the departure of Alicia Sacramone, and McKayla Maroney’s training status largely unknown, the USA is short of gymnasts who can perform two vaults and defend the USA’s last three world vault titles. With two vaults in her back pocket, Jordyn Wieber could make things very interesting.
Check out OMG here:
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The men’s field features arguably the two greatest distance runners of all time — Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.
Kipchoge, the Rio Olympic marathon champ, ran the fastest marathon ever recorded — 2:00:25 in Nike’s sub-two-hour attempt last May in non-record-eligible conditions.
Bekele is the second-fastest marathoner in history under legal conditions, having run six seconds shy of Kenyan Dennis Kimetto‘s world record of 2:02:57 from 2014.
In the women’s race, Kenyan Mary Keitany, already the world-record holder in a women’s-only race, looks to take down Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s world record with male pacers set in London 15 years ago. That time is 2:15:25.
Keitany is challenged by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, the third-fastest female marathoner in history behind Keitany and Radcliffe.
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French judoka Teddy Riner, arguably the world’s most dominant athlete, will reportedly skip the next two world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
French coach Franck Chambily said Riner will compete a light international schedule the next two years ahead of what would be his fourth Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.
Riner, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch native of Guadeloupe, is undefeated since 2010 with a reported 144-match winning streak. That includes Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 and world titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Before the streak, Riner also earned world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010, plus an Olympic bronze at age 19 in 2008.
He could compete through the 2024 Paris Games.
“When I am invincible, I will stop,” Riner said in 2013, according to The Associated Press.
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