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Olympian Jordyn Wieber inducted into Lansing Hall of Fame

Posted: 8:30 AM, Jul 29, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-29 12:30:20Z

Her gymnastics career started here in mid-Michigan when she was four.

"I don't think I could have made the Olympic dream come true if not for the people in Lansing supporting me," she said at the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Lansing Center Thursday night.

The gold medalist says her hometown, she was born and raised in mid-Michigan, is very special to her. "As I got into the Olympics, a lot of sponsors were from here, and people who were really willing to help out and who believed in me and wanted to help me achieve my dream," Wieber said.

She's retired from gymnastics and is currently studying psychology at UCLA. She made the long flight from California to be in Lansing for her induction into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame.

"I'm really happy to be here, I actually had to take my final exams early in order to fly back home for this," Wieber said.

And the community is happy to have her. The Hall of Fame's Executive Director Bob Every says athletes like Wieber inspire so many positive things in mid-Michigan.

"That's the type of people that come out of sports and then to have them from your hometown is just a real blessing because you can brag, you can brag about that," Every said with a smile.

The Hall of Fame is so excited to have her, they even changed the rules to allow her to be inducted less than four years after her professional career ended.

"It's such an honor, when I heard that I was going to get inducted, and they actually changed the rule for me to actually get inducted early this year," Wieber said. "It's just such an honor, and I feel very fortunate to be from this community and to be here tonight."