USA Gymnastics caught up with 2012 Olympic team gold-medalist Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA, who is in Hartford, Conn., today promoting the 2013 U.S. Gymnastics Championships and the single-session ticket on sale announcement.
Wieber told us she's back in the gym. Following a whirlwind in the wake of Olympic gold, including appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Live! With Kelly and Michael, the cross-country, 40-city Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions and many other appearances, Wieber took about a month off. She then returned to longtime coach John Geddert and resumed training in January.
"Everything is going pretty well. It took some time to get back in shape and get my skills back," Wieber said. "But, I really enjoy being back in the gym. It's a little different mindset [after the Olympics], but it's still fun."
Wieber said getting in shape was a process that at first involved mostly conditioning and basics. But, her natural ability came through as she admitted that her old skills returned to her swiftly: "I started doing all my harder skills again, which came back pretty quickly because I'd been doing them for so many years," she said.
With changes to the Code of Points, Wieber says she plans to add a few new skills and modify her routines – a process that means she's uncertain when fans might see her next in competition.
"Hopefully, I can come back to competing as soon as possible," Wieber said, adding, "We'll just see how training goes the next couple of months."
Beyond her time in the gym, she's resumed her pre-London schedule where she attends school for a half day. She's set to graduate in three weeks and even attended her Senior Prom recently, admitting, "It was cool to get to experience a normal senior year activity."
Wieber, who has been on the U.S. National Team since 2006, still has a passion for gymnastics, saying, "I think what keeps me going is the love for the sport. You can't really give up gymnastics that easily especially since I've been doing it my entire life. I still love the sport and love being in the gym. That's what keeps me going everyday."
And we certainly hope we'll be seeing her for many years to come.
We asked for your questions for Jordyn on Facebook and Twitter. We then selected a few to ask Jordyn – here are her answers!
@MARMC2013: How are you adjusting to life after the Olympics and winning an Olympic gold medal?
WIEBER: Life after the Olympics is definitely pretty busy. We traveled around a lot with the tour and everything – which was a whirlwind and kind of overwhelming, but still so much fun. Coming back to school and getting back into the gym gets me back to normal a little bit, but I'm still having a lot of fun.
@funtofyx: Have you ever had a mental block? How do you overcome your fears?
WIEBER: Yes, I have. What I always do when I have a mental block is a lot of visualization – just close my eyes and picture the routine or skill over and over. Of course, I will also ask my coach for an extra spot or extra mat or something like that.
@GaliSy: If you could go back to one day of your life, which one would it be?
WIEBER: I think 100% I would go back to the day of team finals at the Olympics. I remember having so much fun and that was one of the greatest days of my life – getting to experience that with my teammates and representing the USA.
Sam Cook: When did you finally realize "OMG I'm going to be an Olympic athlete?"
WIEBER: I don't think I fully accepted the fact until the day I made the team at Olympic Trials, but I definitely dreamed of going to the Olympics for so long. I knew nothing was guaranteed and I still had to work super hard. I knew it wouldn't be easy since there were five spots. I don't think I actually realized it until the day I actually made the team.
Lauren Stevens: If you could relive any moment of the Olympics, what would it be?
WIEBER: I think when we were standing after floor in the team finals holding hands looking up at the scoreboard. That was a really special moment and it is really hard to describe the feelings of that moment. We were just very excited and proud of each other.
Oliwia Mlodawska and Lisa Parker: Do you enjoy being a role model to many kids and teens? What is your best advice for them?
WIEBER: Yeah, I definitely enjoy being a role model. Being able to inspire young gymnasts means so much to me. I love being able to talk to them and give them advice. Something I always tell them is to make sure you enjoy it every step of the way – whether it's every day in the gym with your teammates or travelling and competing and representing your team and coaches. Just to enjoy the whole experience, stay dedicated and work hard.
Matt Herman: What can a parent do best to support his or her child?
WIEBER: I think it's just being by her side every step of the way. That's something my parents always did. They never forced me to go to the gym everyday. It was always my decision, and they supported me either way. Just being there for your child is the most important thing you can do to support them.