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Wednesday, October 24,2012

How to raise your Olympian

Rita Wieber writes how-to book for 'gym moms'

by Bill Castanier

In her book “Gym Mom: The Twists and Turns of Your Daughter’s Gymnastics Career,” Rita Wieber (mother of Olympic team Gold Medalist Jordyn Weiber) writes about the stressful and gratifying times of her daughter’s 12-year quest to the 2012 London Olympics. Just reading about the intensity of effort for both the family and the athlete is enough to trigger a zombie-like stupor.

Wieber wrote the book for other gym moms on how to raise a competitive gymnast. The book is a 10-chapter guide for mothers, covering everything from the impact on siblings to dealing with coaches and handling injuries. 

“It is everything you need to enjoy gymnastics with your daughter,” Wieber said. “This is the book I wished would’ve been handed me.” 

Wieber has plans to write other books on sports, including the story of 10 Olympians as seen through their mothers’ eyes. In the meantime, she is planning her costume for the 4th Annual Zombie Night where she will help judge costumes and other Olympic-style events around the Schuler Books & Music in Eastwood, including a Brain Eating contest. Breakfast of champions, indeed. 


4th Annual Zombie Night with Rita Wieber
Oct. 25
7 p.m.
Schuler Books & Music
2820 Towne Center Blvd.
Lansing
schulerbooks.com

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