Wieber lives up to hype in 1st day at nationals
Thursday, August 18, 2011
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Jordyn Wieber overcame a shaky start to take a solid lead at the U.S. gymnastics championships Thursday night.
Wieber, who established herself as the next big U.S. star when she beat world champion Aliya Mustafina in March, scored 59.850, putting her almost two points ahead of Alexandra Raisman going into Saturday night's final. Beijing Olympian Chellsie Memmel, doing the all-around at nationals for the first time since 2008, is third. Defending champ Rebecca Bross had a rough night, falling on her first two events, and is fourth, almost three points behind Wieber.
Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson made a promising triumphant return in her first appearance at nationals since she won it in 2008, posting the third-highest score on balance beam.