You could almost feel the stab of pain when American gymnast and defending world champion Jordyn Wieber failed to make the all-around finals in yesterday's Olympic qualifying round. Even though Wieber had one of the best scores of the night with 60.032, she still took third to American teammates Ally Raisman and Gabby Douglas in all-around scores. And according to Olympics rules, only two gymnasts per country are allowed to compete in the all-around.
As Americans, we all felt the gut-wrenching blow as Jordyn stoically watched the score board and walked out of the arena. We all felt her pain. But none of us felt it more than her mother, Rita Wieber who sent out this tweet to her baby girl immediately after the event:
"My one wish right now would be to give my amazng daughter #jordyn_wieber a huge hug.So proud of her.She is all class!!!#Olympics"
— Rita Wieber (@gymmom) July 29, 2012
Security is tight at these events, so even parents have a hard time getting to see their kids behind the scenes. As a mom, I can completely empathize with how badly Momma Wieber wanted to be there for her baby girl. Hopefully, she didn't have to wait long to give her that hug.