LONDON — Jordyn Wieber came to the Olympics with her eye on a fistful of medals.

She'll leave it with only one, her aching right leg in a protective boot and lingering questions over exactly what went wrong.

The world champion finished seventh in the floor exercise final on Tuesday after another methodical performance, leaving her as one of only two members of the gold-medal winning Fierce Five to head home without an individual medal to call her very own.

Oh, and then there's that suspected stress fracture in her right leg, the one that limited the 17-year-old in practice in the run-up to the games. Did she mention that?

"We can't do the numbers, we couldn't train," said John Geddert, her coach. "I had to set her down on a lot of landings. We couldn't do beam dismounts. We had to cut back on things and water down. But it is what it is."

Wieber downplayed the injury, saying "it's fine" and that it wasn't painful enough to keep her from performing.

Maybe, but she lacked her usual precision on arguably her best event, stepping out of bounds early in her typically dynamic 90-second floor routine and removing her from medal contention.

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  • Jordyn Wieber

    U.S. gymnast Jordyn Wieber performs during the artistic gymnastics women's floor exercise final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012, in London.

  • Lauren Mitchell

    Australia's gymnast Lauren Mitchell performs during the women' s floor exercise final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Vanessa Ferrari

    Vanessa Ferrari performs during the women' s floor exercise final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Alexandra Raisman of the United States competes in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Alexandra Raisman of the United States competes in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Jordyn Wieber of the United States of America falls during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Gold medalist US gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs during the women' s floor exercise final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Alexandra Raisman of the United States competes in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Catalina Ponor

    Romania's gymnast Catalina Ponor performs during the women' s floor exercise final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Catalina Pono

    Romania's gymnast Catalina Ponor performs during the women' s floor exercise final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Aliya Mustafina

    Russia's gymnast Aliya Mustafina performs during the women' s floor exercise final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Alexandra Raisman of the United States competes in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Jordyn Wieber

    U.S. gymnast Jordyn Wieber performs during the artistic gymnastics women's floor exercise final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012, in London.

  • Jordyn Wieber

    U.S. gymnast Jordyn Wieber is consoled by head coach John Geddert after her performance during the artistic gymnastics women's floor exercise final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012, in London.

  • Vanessa Ferrari

    Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari sits dejected after her scores were announced during the artistic gymnastics women's floor exercise final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012, in London.

  • Catalina Ponor

    Romania's gymnast Catalina Ponor performs during the artistic gymnastics women's floor exercise final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012, in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman and coach Mihai Brestyan acknowledge the crowd after winning the gold medal for the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Gold medalist Alexandra Raisman of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Catalina Ponor, Alexandra Raisman

    Silver medalist Catalina Ponor of Romania, gold medalist Alexandra Raisman of the United States of America and bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina of Russia pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Gold medalist Alexandra Raisman of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Deng Linlin

    China's gymnast Deng Linlin performs during the women' s beam final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Deng Linlin

    China's gymnast Deng Linlin performs during the women' s beam final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Deng Linlin

    China's gymnast Deng Linlin performs during the women' s beam final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Deng Linlin

    China's gymnast Deng Linlin performs during the women' s beam final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Deng Linlin

    China's gymnast Deng Linlin performs during the women' s beam final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Kseniia Afanaseva

    Russia's gymnast Kseniia Afanaseva performs during the women' s beam final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Kseniia Afanasev

    Russia's gymnast Kseniia Afanaseva performs during the women's beam final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    Gabrielle Douglas of the United States falls off the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    Gabrielle Douglas of the United States falls off the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    Gabrielle Douglas of the United States competes on the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    Gabrielle Douglas of the United States falls off the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    US gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs during the women's beam final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    Gabrielle Douglas of the United States falls off the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    Gabrielle Douglas of the United States competes on the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Deng Linlin

    China's gymnast Deng Linlin (L) and China's gymnast Sui Lu react after performing during the women's beam final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Alexandra Raisman of the United States competes on the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Alexandra Raisman of the United States reacts after she competes on the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman hugs coach U.S. coach Mihai Brestyan after results were amended and she was declared winner of the bronze medal during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus finals for the beam at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London.

  • Sui Lu

    Silver medallist Chinese gymnast Sui Lu cries after results were declared during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus finals for the beam at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman hugs coach Mihai Brestyan after results were amended and she was declared winner of the bronze medal during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus finals for the beam at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London.

  • Deng Linlin

    China's gymnast Deng Linlin, US gymnast Alexandra Raisman and China's gymnast Sui Lu wait for the results after performing during the women's beam final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Alexandra Raisman of the United States competes on the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Alexandra Raisman of the United States competes on the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Alexandra Raisman of the United States competes on the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Lu Sui

    Lu Sui of China competes on the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Alexandra Raisman of the United States looks after competing on the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Alexandra Raisman of the United States hugs coach Mihai Brestyan after she competes on the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Alexandra Raisman of the United States hugs coach Mihai Brestyan after she competes on the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    Bronze medalist Alexandra Raisman of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    US gymnast Alexandra Raisman (L), gold medalist China's gymnast Deng Linlin and China's gymnast Sui Lu pose on the podium of the women's beam competition of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.


She fought back tears as the music ended. Geddert gave his star some space and was already doing interviews by the time good friend and teammate Aly Raisman celebrated the first-ever gold on floor by an American.

It wasn't the ending Wieber or her sometimes fiery coach envisioned after capturing the world all-around title in Tokyo last fall. She entered the year focused on joining Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin as Olympic champions.

Instead, she was caught by teammate Gabby Douglas at trials six weeks ago, then surpassed by good friend Raisman in all-around qualifying in London on the second day of the games. Wieber finished with the fourth-best total but was just the third-highest American, and the rules limit just two gymnasts per country in the finals.

While Geddert fumed, calling the restriction "ridiculous," Wieber pulled herself together thanks to a pep talk from Raisman and McKayla Maroney.

Confidence regained, Wieber drilled all three of her events as the U.S. won its first team gold in 16 years.

It was sweet redemption, but was quickly followed by an unexpected week off. She insists the down time waiting for the floor final didn't bother her.

Wearing a warm-up jacket while Douglas soared to the all-around title Wieber thought would be hers? Well, that was another matter.

"It was tough sitting in the stands watching because 100 percent of me wanted to be out there competing. But you know, I've just got to follow the rules," she said. "It stinks but that's the way it turned out."

Though she had the leg treated with ice and therapy, Wieber never underwent a thorough exam. Geddert believes it wouldn't have mattered.

"It's the Olympic Games," he said. "It would have taken wild horses to drag her out of here."

He's almost certainly right. Wieber competes with an intensity few in the world can match. Though she's not the most elegant gymnast out there, she overcomes it with power and precision.

Both were lacking in critical moments during the games. She sailed out of bounds on floor at the end of qualifying, giving Raisman just enough room to slip by and knock her best bud out of the finals.

It was more of the same on Tuesday. In a competition where every tenth counts, Wieber let precious points slip away with the kind of mistakes she's avoided during her rise to the top. U.S. women's team coordinator Martha Karolyi praised Wieber for her toughness but allowed the cutback in training almost certainly affected her confidence.

"If you have a little problem you have to work hard to do the same things you do at other times easily," Karolyi said. "But she showed her strong character. She really tried her best."

Wieber always does, which is what made her the centerpiece of a team that hoped to top the 10 medals put up by Liukin, Shawn Johnson and company in Beijing four years ago.

Signs of trouble, however, popped up at trials in San Jose earlier this summer. Dealing with a sore right heel, Wieber watched Douglas reach the top of the podium, giving Wieber her first official loss in a meet in three years.

Still, a showdown was expected in London. It never happened, Douglas winning by a technical knockout when Wieber didn't make the finals.

Despite the disappointment, Wieber gets to go home with the one medal that's been the program's mission for 16 years. Things could be worse.

Besides, there's still a chance Wieber could keep going. She begins her senior year of high school in the fall and is almost certain to compete through the world championships in Belgium next year. After that, if she stays healthy and in shape, the 2016 Games are not out of the question.

"Not fulfilling her dreams here might add a little fuel to the fire," Geddert said. "A lot of those kids, they're all cut from the same cloth. They all get a little bit hungry when they don't achieve what they want to get done."