Gymnast Jordyn Wieber was the 2011 world champion in the women's all-around and was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's team at the London Olympics. This fall, she is part of the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastic Champions, which is coming to Target Center on Thursday night. Recently, Wieber took time from her busy schedule to answer some questions from the Star Tribune's Michael Rand.
Q You're a Michigan native and I saw you threw out the first pitch at a Tigers game this summer. Are you a big fan?
A That was actually the first time I had been to a Tigers game. ... I have followed them a lot on TV, but with all that training I had never been able to go to a game.
Q With the Olympics finishing a couple of months ago now -- as you look back and reflect, what do you think about?
A I think just the overall experience of being with my teammates. And Olympic Village, it was just amazing. Some things didn't go as planned, but I came out with a gold medal.
Q Speaking of what didn't go your way, there was the rule that kept you out of all-around competition in the Olympics. How hard was it to get over that in the moment and keep competing?
A Because it's such a short time between prelims and team competition I had to get over it really fast. I had to be there for a team and be a leader. ... I think my redemption was to do so well. I learned to get over it.
Q You revealed after the Olympics that you had been competing with a stress fracture. Are you healthy now?
A Yeah, when I got back I got an X-ray. I had a boot on my foot for a couple weeks, but everything is good now. It was bothering me before we even went to London. But it's the Olympics. You can't say your leg hurts.
Q I was at a grocery store literally this morning and saw you on a cereal box. Is it ever weird for you to see your own face on things like that?
A (Laughs) It still is pretty weird -- even walking through my hometown grocery store I see it. Not a lot of 17-year-olds can say that. I'm privileged for the opportunity.
Q This type of tour has to be quite a bit different than competition. Are there things you particularly enjoy about it?
A This show is definitely completely different -- it's a lot less intense. We don't have judges critiquing us. The lights and equipment are different. But you want to put on a great show, and it's definitely a great show to see.