July must be the month for gymnasts sharing important messages! Just a few days after Katelyn Ohashi’s gave her inspirational speech at the ESPYS, Jordyn Wieber tweeted a talk she gave at TEDxUCLA earlier this year.
Honored to share my story of resilience on the Ted platform ❤️ https://t.co/qf7R8wV5HI— Jordyn Wieber (@jordyn_wieber) July 17, 2019
In the presentation, originally performed on May 18, 2019, but only recently made available on YouTube, Wieber talked about a few things but overall gave a huge message about the sport of gymnastics.
She began by discussing “undeniably the worst moment in my life,” showing the infamous photo the circled the internet of Wieber with her head in her hands, learning she would not qualify to finals in the 2012 Olympic Games.
She then referred to another photo on the screen, one that was taken 2,880 minutes later, after the U.S. team won gold during the team competition, “unequivocally the best moment in my life.”
How does one get up after a devastation like that? Spending 14 years of chasing one goal, only to see it crumble before your own eyes, never to get a do-over? Not only that, but to have to perform on the biggest international stage two days later?
Wieber shared that gymnastics taught her how to get back up and choose to move forward. In her TEDxUCLA talk, she discussed the most important lesson gymnastics taught her: resilience.
Watch the full TEDx talk below: