Jordyn Wieber's Elimination From Olympic All-Around Stuns U.S. Gymnasts

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Jordyn Wieber's Elimination From Olympic All-Around Stuns U.S. Gymnasts

Her roommate and best friend was nearing the end of her floor exercise, the crowd clapping along to "Hava Nagila," and in a matter of moments the scoreboard would affirm what Jordyn Wieber seemed to already know. She was out.

The Olympics delivered its second major upset in as many days Sunday when Wieber failed to advance to the individual all-around final during team qualifying at North Greenwich Arena. Never before had the defending women's world all-around champion not advanced to the Olympic final. It was a stunner that can be compared to what happened Saturday, when swimming great Michael Phelps didn't win a medal in his signature event when he was fourth in the 400-meter individual medley.

For Wieber, the 17-year-old from DeWitt who led the U.S. women to team gold at last year's world championships, the result was heartbreaking: She was third-best on her team on a day when nothing worse than second would do.

Aly Raisman, the U.S. team captain, Wieber's roommate in the Olympic Village and her best friend, leaped from third place to first to join Gabby Douglas in Thursday's all-around final. Only 24 gymnasts compete for the all-around title — considered the biggest gymnastics x prize at the Summer Games — with no more than two per country advancing.

"My heart hurts," said Bela Karolyi, the former Olympic coach who has often compared Wieber to Nadia Comaneci, his 1976 Olympic champ. "I'm hurting inside. I am.

"To be honest, I'm afraid. The big anchor of the team is out. I don't know how she's going to respond."

The nuts and bolts: On the last event, the floor exercise, Raisman scored 15.325 points to Wieber's 14.666, lifting her to a total of 60.391. Douglas, clinching the second all-around spot, scored 60.265 and Wieber 60.032. Wieber, who stepped out-of-bounds on a tumbling pass, missed second by only .233 point.

"Everyone was talking about the showdown, me and her," said a surprised Douglas, who edged Wieber in the all-around at the Olympic trials early this month. "This is kind of a heartbreak day."



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