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2012 Detroit and Michigan Olympic Athletes in Gymnastics

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Turns out, Michigan athletes do more than flip their wigs when it comes to gymnastics. In fact, there are several Detroit and Michigan athletes who will compete in Gymnastics events at the Summer 2012 London Olympics.

Note: If you are interested in athletes in sports beyond gymnastics, check out the biographies and/or schedules/medal standings of the 2012 Olympic Athletes from Michigan listed by sport.

Sam Mikulak

Gymnast Sam Mikulak in the floor event at the Visa Championships in St. Louis, Missouri (6/9/12)
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Michigan Connection: Sam Mikulak attends and trains at the University of Michigan.

Claim to Fame: While attending and competing for the University of Michigan (majoring in Psychology), Mikulak won four NCAA Men's medals, including the all-around gold in 2011. He also won two medals at the U.S. Championships in 2012, including the all-around bronze and parallel-bars silver.

Notable Injuries: Mikulak broke both ankles during a floor event in Puerto Rico in July 2011. Not realizing how badly he was injured, he continued to compete at the event.

Personal Information: Mikulak is a legacy when it comes to gymnastics. His parents were both gymnasts at Cal-Berkeley. Sam was born in California and started gymnastics at the ripe old age of two. He will be 19 when competing at the 2012 London Olympics.


Jordyn Wieber

Gymnast Jordyn Wieber in Dallas, TX. (5/14/12)
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Michigan Connection: Jordyn Wieber is from DeWitt, Michigan, where she still resides.

Claim to Fame: Wieber won five U.S. Championship medals, including the 2011 and 2012 all-around golds. She also won three World Championship medals, including the 2011 all-around gold.

Notable Injuries: Wieber injured her hamstring in 2009 and injured both ankles in 2010.

Personal Information: Wieber started gymnastics at age four. She is one of four children in her family. Her older sister is a medical student at Michigan State University and her mother attended Central Michigan University. "Jo" will be 17 when competing at the 2012 London Olympics. She currently trains at Gedderts Twistars USA in Lansing, Michigan.


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