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She attended morning classes and ate lunch with friends on campus before heading to the gym for training. Wieber also took two online courses last school year.

"School is not a place where I want to think about gymnastics," she said. "It’s a place where I want to get my mind off of everything that happened at the gym that day."

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Jordyn didn’t have to worry about drawing too much attention on campus this past year, where her brother Ryan was the school’s starting quarterback. Same is true around the house with Lindsay, 24, a third-year medical student and Kyra, 12, playing soccer.

For the parents, it’s not a matter of their daughter enjoying a "normal" childhood.

"I want her to be exposed to as much as she can in the world so she can figure out who she is and identify with herself," Rita said.

The parent shakes her head when broaching the subject of the stage moms she has met in gymnastics.

"You’ve got your nutty moms," Rita said. "You’ve got your moms who will bribe your kids to stay in the sport. Mom who will punish her kids."

The Wiebers can only hope they’ve done it right as their daughter stretches her athletic boundaries on the cusp of celebrity.

It’s not easy being a Gym Mom, Rita likes to say.

"But I’m a Soccer Mom too," she added.


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