Jordyn Wieber announced today that she will be going pro. Cue the insanity.
I don't really see what there is so get insane about, but, you know, it's the internet gymnastics community, so of course people will be losing their minds.
First of all, most people seem to be making this about John Geddert, because he was quoted saying that NCAA does "watered down" gymnastics in comparison to the elite level skills Jordyn is currently does
OMG THE AUDACITY. HOW DARE HE?!
But seriously, NCAA does watered down gymnastics in comparison to the elite level skills Jordyn currently does. Like, this is an indisputable fact, is it not? Jordyn would not be throwing Amanars at the Super Six. She would not be performing double doubles in the SEC. Her Weiler kips might have stayed, but that's it.
Despite this fact, people are acting as if what Geddert really said was "NCAA sucks, they're all fat, I'm the King of Zamunda, so go get me a sandwich."
Here's the actual quote:
"We still need to keep our eye on the prize," Geddert said of the London Games. "I'm supportive of the idea in that Jordyn isn't cut out for college gymnastics. I don't think the 14 weekends in a row doing watered-down gymnastics, that's not what she's all about. When you compete with the best in the world, I don't see her sinking her teeth into that type of situation."
What is so offensive about that? God forbid that he's right, in that maybe Jordyn wouldn't be super fulfilled doing NCAA gymnastics. Don't get me wrong, I love NCAA. I get my subscription to CBS every year, I dutifully cheer on the best team on the planet (UCLA, obvs,) and I eagerly anticipate seeing the girls blossom and thrive in a supportive team setting.
But it's not for everyone. I get that. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't been hoping Jordyn would join UCLA and wow us with some divine Miss Val choreography, but I still appreciate that maybe collegiate level gymnastics is not for her.
But, yeah, what kind of monster is Geddert for supporting such a horrifying idea? The key word here being SUPPORTING. I have no idea why people are assuming that he made this decision for her. It's not as if Jordyn is some orphan cyborg. She has her own mind, and two parents who I would assume want what's best for their child. Jordyn's not even like, the first in line as far as Wieber children go. With a sister in med school, and a kind of hot (don't judge me) older brother who is some sort of high school football star, I don't think her parents are sitting around brainstorming different ways to exploit their child. If this is what she wants, and what her parents want, then what is the problem?
Oh wait, the problem is Geddert acknowledging any of that publicly. The nerve. For someone who has produced like a jillion scholarship kids, I doubt that he has some sort of disdain for NCAA.
And let's get one thing straight. John Geddert is 100% most certainly NOT a modern day Steve Nunno.
As someone who grew up during the Steve Nunno era, I feel very qualified in my opinion that he was batshit crazy. I wrongly disliked Shannon Miller for years, because I simply could not enjoy anyone who willingly put herself into this man's clutches every day. What was just an observer's opinion of him became totally validated when Claudia Miller's book came out, essentially confirming what I already knew to be true: Steve Nunno was a nutjob.
When Geddert starts demanding agent's fees from the Wiebers, maybe then I'll compare the two.
For now, I just see him as a coach who is very proud of his gymnast, but also of his own work as a coach. Again, heaven forbid a man ever toot his own horn and say to himself "You know what, I coached this girl to a world title. I must be doing something right." Yeah, what an asshole thing to say. As a coach, I don't think it's so horrible to take pride in your work. I don't know a thing about him as a person, but as a coach, I think he's doing alright.
I think Jordyn will be fine. I think it will be hard, in a market already loaded with Shawns and Alicias and fame-hungry Nastias. However, Jordyn is a gorgeous girl who is at the top of her sport, so I'm sure she'll be able to fight for her share of endorsements.
In parting, a quote from Young Buck:
Its all about money
Gettin major paid
Stack your cheese in all different ways
Tote your strap and keep your khakis creased
Yeah friend (edited for taste), you a thug like me?