It's been a bittersweet Olympic Games for reigning world gymnastics champion, 17-year-old Jordyn Wieber, who left the world in shock when she failed to qualify for the individual all-around final. Although she missed her shot at the individual gold, Jordyn overcame her emotional setback to give a stellar performance for the team finals. Amidst tears and hugs, Jordyn (and the rest of us with "Wieber Fever") had plenty of reason to celebrate today as the American women took home their first team gold medal since 1996.
Before she jetted off to London, we sat down with Jordyn to talk about being on Team USA, how she stays in her best shape ever -- mentally and physically -- and all the things that make her a typical teenager (hint: their names are Harry, Liam and Zayn). In honor of her big win, here are five things we love about Jordyn!
1. Her Team Comes First.
"I think we're so used to [competing against our friends] by now. Ultimately, we're in this for the team -- we want to help out Team USA the best that we can, and that's our first goal. We're just trying to see what we can do to help our country. Competing is the most important thing for us, so... we just want each other to do well."
2. She Keeps It All In Perspective.
"I think that with rough days, it's just really important to push yourself through them because you never know what's going to happen at a competition. I could make a mistake and have to pull myself together and move onto the next events, so if I have a rough day in practice, I just have to take a deep breath and forget about it and try to move onto the next thing."
3. She's A Health Nut.
"I developed really good habits since when I was younger of eating healthy. My family has always been pretty healthy eaters, so it's been a lot easier on me, making sure I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and protein, and drinking enough water to stay hydrated, and sleeping enough. I know that was really important for me -- making sure I was getting enough rest."
4. She Still Finds Time To Be A Typical Teenager.
"I like to hang out with my friends, especially my friends from school, because I don't get to see them as often. We like to hang out by pool or go shopping or things like that... After the summer's over, I'm going to do my senior year and hopefully graduate on time with my class. That would be huge for me. And then I definitely want to go to college at some point, but probably not right away."
5. She's A Directioner.
"I'm a huge fan of One Direction. I just discovered them a few months ago, so I love listening to their music. I like Harry, Liam, and Zayn."
Did you tune in for women's gymnastics today? Are you excited for Jordyn and the ladies of Team USA? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen!
Jordyn is sponsored by Kellogg's -- click here to read her "start story"!
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