How One Olympian Turned Devastation into Inspiration

Yes, gymnastics is about perfect performances — but it’s also about getting back up after you fall, over and over again. When gymnast Jordyn Wieber failed to make the all-around finals at the 2012 Olympic Games, she was devastated. But two days later, she helped her team win gold. She shares how she’s learned to be resilient through life’s toughest moments and what it takes to move forward. [This talk contains sensitive content.]

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxUCLA, an independent event.

Jordyn Wieber, Olympic Gold Medalist, looks at the moments of devastation that at times are part of the fabric of life, and how to turn these into transcendent​ moments of inspiration​. Jordyn Wieber is an Olympic gold medalist and American gymnast from DeWitt, Michigan. This teenage gymnastics phenom caught the world’s attention by becoming the World Champion in 2011. A key member of the “Fierce Five”, Jordyn helped the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team capture the team gold medal at the London Olympic Games in 2012. In 2017, Jordyn graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and currently serves as an Assistant Coach for the UCLA Gymnastics Team. As a former Olympic gold medalist, Jordyn has expansive knowledge of how to succeed in gymnastics, but her influence extends beyond the confines of her winning combination of physical prowess and determination. Jordyn is still one of the top influencers in gymnastics and also serves as a motivational speaker and vocal advocate for preventing child sexual abuse in sports. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx