Catching up with Jordyn Wieber and Kamerin Moore
posted on 12/05/2008
Jordyn Wieber and Kamerin Moore in Belgium
© Rita Wieber

Jordyn Wieber of Dewitt, Mich. and Kamerin Moore of Bloomfield, Mich., recently returned from Charleroi, Belgium where they competed in the 2008 Top Gym competition. Wieber won the all-around title with a total score of 59.800 while Moore finished third with 55.150. USA-Gymnastics.org caught up with these members of the Junior National Team for a Q&A session.


Jordyn Wieber

Q: Tell us about the meet format.
Jordyn: There were two days of competition. The first day was the all-around competition and the second day was a team competition. Each country had two girls on a team and we did two events each. I was teamed up with my teammate Kami and the girls from Belgium. They added up our scores to determine the winning team and our team won the event. I did bars and beam and Kami did vault and floor.

Q: This is your second international all-around title. How does that feel?
Jordyn: It felt really good to win. I was surprised I got the gold in Italy earlier this year and this time I was so excited to win again. It felt great.

Q: Did you do any new skills at this competition?
Jordyn: No, I didn’t do any new skills. I did the same routines that I’ve done all year. Now I’m working on upgrades.

Q: What are you working on?
Jordyn: I’m working on a double twisting double dismount off bars and a Hindorff on bars. On floor I’m working on a few upgraded passes but I’m not sure what I’ll use yet. I’m also working a Yurchenko 2.5 vault.

Q: Did you meet any international gymnasts at this competition?
Jordyn: Yes, I met quite a few girls. I got to meet them at the banquet after the competition but only two girls spoke English and they learned it from school.

Q: What did you get to do other than gymnastics in Belgium?
Jordyn: The day after competition we went to Brussels and saw the city. We shopped and took photos. I bought gifts and souvenirs for people back home.

Q: What were the highlights of the trip?
Jordyn: Winning the gold medal and also getting experience traveling internationally.

Q: How was the flight?
Jordyn: The flight was long but luckily we had some open seats near us so we could sleep. Our flight was six hours.

Q: How was the food?
Jordyn: The food was not too different from home. We had veggies and soup and meat – normal stuff.

Q: What about the equipment?
Jordyn: The equipment was Gym Nova so I’ve competed on it before. I liked it a lot.

Q: How was it adjusting to the time zone?
Jordyn: I don’t get jet lag that much. I caught on fast to the new time zone but when I got home yesterday I was really tired all day. My mom let me sleep in just a little bit and I went to school late.

Q: What is your next competition?
Jordyn: I don’t know. I do know I’ll compete in the Visa Championships but don’t know what else.

Q: How many hours a week do you train? Walk me through your daily routine.
Jordyn: I train about 30 hours each week. Three days a week I have two practices a day so seven hours total of training. I go to the gym in the morning around 8 a.m. to 10:30, then I go to school from 11 to 2:30 and then I go back to the gym.

Q: What is your favorite skill?
Jordyn: I like beam a lot, so anything on beam!

Q: How do you get caught up on homework from 8th grade at DeWitt Junior High School?
Jordyn: I ask my teachers ahead of time for my work and then get caught up when I get back. I get straight A’s most of the time.

Q: Do your friends at school know what you do?
Jordyn: Yes. Most of them have watched me on YouTube.

Q: How do they react when you get home from a trip?
Jordyn: They always ask how I did. They are pretty supportive and happy for me.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not in the gym?
Jordyn: I like to spend time with family and my dog (I have a dog named Lucy who is a mix of a shitzu and yorkie). I like to hang out with friends and go shopping and do scrapbooking.

Q: Do you have siblings?
Jordyn: Yes I have an older sister, an older brother and a younger sister.

Q: What are your favorite stores?
Jordyn: I like Pac Sun and Target.

Q: What are you asking for this holiday?
Jordyn: New clothes and shoes!


Kamerin Moore
(known as Kami to her friends)

Q: Tell me how the meet went?
Kami: It was okay. It wasn’t my best meet but I got third all-around so that’s good.

Q: Was it your first international meet?
Kami: Yes, it was my first international competition for USA Gymnastics but I went to Japan with Region 5 in the past. It was interesting. You have to go with what is happening when on an international trip. The time change was different so we had to practice late the first couple of practices, but I got used to things pretty quickly.

Q: Did you do any new skills at this competition?
Kami: No, I did all of my same routines.

Q: Did you meet any international gymnasts at this competition?
Kami: Yes, that was fun. No one spoke our same language but it was fun trying to communicate. We were teamed up with Belgium and it was fun to be with the girls. They were nice.

Q: What did you get to do other than gymnastics in Belgium?
Kami: We did a lot of things. We went to Brussels for shopping and sightseeing. I bought some scarves. I also collect dolls and plates so I bought a doll and plate while in Belgium, too.

Q: What were the highlights of the trip?
Kami: It was exciting seeing everything like the buildings – they were very detailed and beautiful.

Q: How was the food?
Kami: The food was great. They had spaghetti and beef and chicken. I had no problem adjusting to the food.

Q: How was the hotel?
Kami: The hotel was good. I shared a room with Jordyn and we had a room with two single beds and they were really small but very comfy.

Q: How was it adjusting to the new time zone?
Kami: We slept a lot on the plane and then we stayed up the rest of the day when we got there. I didn’t have trouble.

Q: What are you working on in the gym now?
Kami: I’m trying to upgrade my vault to a double twisting Yurchenko and polish and clean up everything.

Q: What is your next competition?
Kami: I’m competing at the Cup in Cincinnati in a couple of weeks. It’s for Level 10 and elite. I’m going to the meet just to get more experience.

Q: How many hours a week do you train? Walk me through your daily routine.
Kami: I train about 30 hours a week. I do homeschool so that it’s easier to spend more time in the gym. We have practice in the morning and afternoon a few days a week – I practice and then stay at gym and do school and then practice at night. My brothers do gymnastics at my gym, too. I get out at 8 p.m. and they get out at 9 p.m. so we all leave after that. So, on some days I arrive at the gym around 8 a.m. and leave at 9 p.m.

Q: What is your favorite skill?
Kami: Vault is my favorite!

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not in the gym?
Kami: I live on a lake so I like to swim in the summer and in the winter I like to skate and sled.

Q: Do you have pets?
Kami: Yes, I have 5 pets – two cats, two dogs and a rabbit.

Q: Do you have siblings?
Kami: Yes, I have two younger brothers who do gymnastics and an older sister who is really creative and draws and writes stories.


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