Jordyn Wieber will not be defending her world all-around championship come September. Her consolation? Meeting Justin Bieber.
“She’s just going to wait until the summer’s over (to compete again),” her coach, John Geddert, told the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. “She has every intention of returning to competition, but we’re just putting it on hold for now.”
Wieber, 18, was one of the leaders on the Fierce Five U.S. Olympic gymnastics gold-medal winning team. She was tabbed as an all-around medal favorite, too, but failed to reach the final after winning the world all-around title in 2011.
Wieber, like her Fierce Five teammates, led a hectic schedule following the London Olympics, beginning with a post-Games tour.
“She initially came back off the Tour of Champions with the idea that she might want to vie for a national team spot and a shot at worlds again,” Geddert said. “But then looking at her commitment calendar and the number of obligations she had, both paid and personal, she just couldn’t string together enough training time to make that viable.”
The next commitment is Wednesday in Los Angeles, where Wieber and her teammates will reconvene at the ESPYs. The Fierce Five was nominated for the Best Team award.
Wieber told the Huffington Post in a video published Tuesday that she will meet pop star Bieber later this week.
It’s been a long time coming.
“I definitely don’t feel like I’m done competing yet,” Wieber told the Huffington Post.