Olympic champion gymnast Jordyn Wieber hasn’t competed since the London Games. It’s going to stay that way for at least the near future.
Wieber, 19 and a rising UCLA sophomore, was asked about a possible resumption of her career on WVOX radio Tuesday morning.
“I’m still sort of deciding what I want to do at this point,” she said.
Wieber won the all-around title at the 2011 World Championships, which set her up as a cornerstone of the U.S. team in London.
She could not vie for the Olympic all-around gold after finishing fourth overall in qualifying, but third among Americans. Rules dictate no more than two athletes per nation can compete in the Olympic all-around finals.
Gabby Douglas went on to win the all-around title and garner the fame that went with the most prestigious medal in gymnastics.
Wieber said Tuesday that missing out had her thinking about trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics, but that she “learned to accept” the disappointment.
She returned to training at home in Michigan after London, but having turned professional, was not eligible to compete for UCLA when she enrolled there last year.
Douglas is expected to return to competition later this summer for the first time since the London Games. Olympic teammates McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross competed in 2013, and Aly Raisman is back training with an eye on returning to a national team camp in the fall.
No U.S. female gymnast has made back-to-back Olympic Teams since Dominique Dawes and Amy Chow in 1996 and 2000.
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Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, recently met former soccer star David Beckham at a restaurant.
Both global sporting icons posted similar photos on social media with similar captions Monday morning.
Beckham played midfield for Manchester United, and Bolt is a longtime fan of the soccer club.
Bolt, who is planning on retiring after the 2017 World Championships, was recently asked about the possibility of Manchester United while hosting a Facebook Live.
“If I had the chance to play for Manchester United, I would go right now,” he said, laughing. “I would retire and start playing futbol right now. That’s how much I really want to play for Manchester United.”
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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