Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber named Arkansas gymnastics coach

By Gabrielle McMillen 25 April 2019 342
Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber named Arkansas gymnastics coach

A familiar and accomplished name will be leading Arkansas' women's gymnastics team next season.

The school announced Wednesday that it had hired Olympian Jordyn Wieber as it's new coach, replacing recently retired Mark Cook

Wieber, 23, won a gold medal as part of the "Fierce Five" American team at the 2012 London Olympics and was a two-time U.S. all-around champion in 2011 and 2012 before retiring from the sport in 2015.

She had served as assistant coach for the UCLA team for three seasons, helping the Bruins win the 2018 NCAA title, before being tabbed as the Razorbacks' new coach.

“As one of the world’s elite gymnasts and an assistant at one of the top collegiate programs in the country, she has already experienced more than many of us will in a lifetime,  athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in statement. "She has a maturity beyond her years and her experiences at the highest level of gymnastics will be a tremendous asset to the young women in our program. Jordyn has a great energy and passion, is an accomplished communicator and a demonstrated leader."

Wieber is among the elite gymnasts who testified in court that Larry Nassar abused her during her career and was one of the 141 women who won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 2018 for speaking up on behalf of sex abuse victims.

“I am honored to be joining the Razorback Family as the head gymnastics coach at the University of Arkansas,” Wieber said. “Throughout my life, gymnastics has provided me some extraordinary opportunities, from traveling the world and competing for my country at the Olympics to coaching alongside one of the legends of our sport at UCLA. Those experiences have been invaluable to my growth personally and professionally while also preparing me for this role."

 

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