Nadia Comaneci Sportsmanship Award
OKLAHOMA CITY – The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame (IGHOF) honored Olympian Jordyn Wieber with the first Nadia Comaneci Sportsmanship Award at the 2013 induction ceremony on May 18.
The Nadia Comaneci Sportsmanship Award honors a currently competitive or recently retired gymnast from around the world who has demonstrated great sportsmanship or fair play. Wieber, who was a member of USA's "Fierce Five" gymnastics team at the 2012 London Olympics, is a two-time World Champion, and now an Olympic Gold Medalist.
1993 IGHOF inductee and Olympic Gold Medalist Nadia Comaneci is thrilled to honor Wieber with the award.
"I'm happy to present the award to Jordyn Wieber," Comaneci said. "Jordyn was the reigning World All-Around Champion but failed to qualify for the finals in London, and yet she showed great sportsmanship by overcoming her personal disappointment to help lead the US women to the gold medal."
In an effort to support its mission of connecting gymnastics' greatest athletes with future generations of young gymnasts and fans, the IGHOF hosted a sweepstakes for one lucky person and a guest to win a trip to attend the induction ceremony dinner and sit at Jordyn Wieber's table. That evening, not only was Wieber honored, but gymnastics legends Albert Azaryan (Armenia), Lyubov Burda (Russia), Gena Gogean (Romania) and Yuri Korolev (Russia), were formally inducted into the IGHOF.
Nadia Comaneci, along with IGHOF board members Estella de la Torre (right) and Michael Wilson (left), present the inaugural Nadia Comaneci Sportsmanship Award to Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber, during the 2013 Induction Ceremony in Oklahoma City, OK, USA.