Wieber Watch: When is Jordyn coming back?

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Jordyn Wieber’s much anticipated return to gymnastics was originally set to take place at the US National Championships in August, just about a year after she won Olympic gold with team USA. But now Team Wieber appears to be sending some mixed signals to fans and competitors.

Her coach, the limelight loving, big talking John Geddert (who we not-so-secretly love to watch) recently allowed two gymnastics sites into his gym to record mini-documentaries chronicling Jordyn’s return. Both hit the web in the last few weeks, and sent out very different messages. First up was Gymnastike’s “Beyond the Routine,” filmed earlier this year, in which Geddert discusses “championships” as he and Jordyn’s goal numerous times, even going as far as to say “I didn’t want this to be a publicity stunt.”

But in Triple Twist’s recent “A Look Inside Geddert’s USA”, the coach starts ever so casually stating that Jordyn simply has too many obligations this summer – including her sister’s wedding and medical school graduation, her own high school graduation, the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame ceremony – to continue training for nationals. Instead they will revisit where her training is at later this fall.

The stark contrast feels a tad off. In both videos Wieber is training close to her full difficulty, including the two-and-a-half twisting Yurchenko vault, aka: the Amanar, as well as her double twisting double summersault on floor as part of a brand new routine. Looks pretty serious to me. There wouldn’t be a reason for Jordyn to be training peak level skills if her planned peak for the year may not even happen.

Wieber is, however, working on new, more difficult, elements such as a “Weiler full” on the bars, which would be named the “Wieber” if she were to compete it at worlds, and a double turn combination on beam. There is a strong chance she needs more time to become comfortable with the new level of difficulty before competing. She also has yet to attend any of the monthly national training camps at the Karolyi ranch, where just this weekend fellow Fierce Five-ers Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney were seen. Maroney is rumored to be competing in the all-around this year.

But then again, Wieber just tweeted out this little message to fans about the “Beyond the Routine” and the upcoming 2013 championships:

Is Geddert attempting to lower our expectations? Is Wieber taking her time and truly building towards Rio, instead of just a one off national championship? It remains to be seen, but it goes without saying a 2013 U.S. National Championships without Jordyn Wieber would feel oddly empty.

South Korea’s first gold medalist of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to compete for China

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Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.

Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.

Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.

Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.

China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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