Jordyn Wieber: Dreams of Individual Gold Deflate After a Lifetime of Focus


Wieber 'Wobbles,' But Two Teammates Move Up

"It's really hard," said her friend and teammate Raisman, according to ESPN. "That was kind of like my first thought. I was really happy but then at the same time I feel bad just because I know how bad (Wieber) wanted it."

National coach Martha Karolyi added: "I'm very sad, but I'm very happy about the other girls ... Hard work pays off ... we support Jordyn, but things happen."

Florida sports psychologist Andrea Corn said Americans can be too critical, making these Olympic defeats "so black and white." She worries that such pressures will discourage young athletes from trying for "fear of failure."

She is writing a book about how to make athletics enjoyable for children and teach them how to deal with inevitable failure.

"If you put all your eggs in one basket and spend your life doing something, your whole identity is wrapped up in being an Olympic athlete, then there is a misstep and you lose out and don't get to make your dream," she said.

But Wieber, with all her years of training, must be "strong mentally," added Corn.

"She had to be disappointed, but crying is cathartic and healthy," she said. "She didn't fail -- she did extraordinarily well ... she was a victim of circumstances."

"Our society has a way of making failures," said Corn. "[Wieber] gave it her all and came up a wobble short -- a step and a wobble. It shouldn't be looked on as a young girl who failed. She gave it her all."

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