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John Geddert, Olympic head coach and personal coach of team gold medalist and 2011 World Champion Jordyn Wieber, confirmed a few things about his star athlete via Facebook yesterday. He wrote that Wieber stopped by the gym, bringing with her two post-Olympic accessories: a boot for a confirmed stress fracture in her leg, and some ink, in the form of an Olympic rings tattoo.
As to the stress fracture, Geddert revealed after competition in London that Wieber likely had a stress fracture. Although she began publicly wearing a boot soon after the competition concluded, at the time of the initial announcement, Wieber reportedly had not yet had the necessary medical testing to confirm the diagnosis. Geddert's announcement yesterday confirms that Wieber, whose failure to qualify for the Olympic All-Around competition sparked vocal outrage about the 2-per-country rule and an outpouring of support for the 2011 World Champion, was competing in the Olympics, and likely in all-important pre-Olympic training, with a stress fracture in her leg.
Wieber's situation is eerily similar to that of Kim Zmeskal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. After Zmeskal, who was widely favored for an all-around gold, disappointingly left Barcelona with no individual medals, it was revealed that she had been training and competing on a stress fracture in her ankle.
As to Wieber's ink, Geddert did not disclose the location of the tattoo. He did reveal, however, that Wieber's tattoo is smaller than Geddert's Olympic tattoo, which reportedly is on his back.
Update: Here is Geddert's tattoo, as posted on his Facebook page:
Photo: John Geddert