Jordyn Wieber, a member of the 2012 United States women's Olympic gymnastics gold medal-winning team, tosses out the ceremonial first pitch at the Detroit Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays game, Aug. 22, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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Wieber tosses 1st pitch at Tigers game
DeWitt native won gold medal at 2012 London Games
Updated: Monday, 27 Aug 2012, 9:20 AM EDT Published : Friday, 24 Aug 2012, 8:36 AM EDT
DETROIT (WOOD) - An Olympic gold medalist traded in her leotard for a baseball jersey during an evening of fun in Detroit.
Jordyn Wieber, 17, from DeWitt and her U.S. women's teammates won gold in the team competition during this summer's Olympic Games in London.
She was then honored to threw out a ceremonial first pitch at the Detroit Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays game at Comerica Park on Aug. 22.
She said she was nervous leading up to the big moment, The Detroit Free Press reports. "It’s about the coolest thing ever. I feel so honored to be here, in my own state, throwing out the first pitch at the Tigers game.”
The crowd gave her a standing ovation as she was introduced to the crowd and stood on the mound.
Jordyn took a few steps closer to the plate because she was wearing a medical boot on her right leg after suffering a stress fracture. She threw the ball, which bounced to Tigers catcher Gerald Laird.
Jordyn and Laird then exchanged baseballs that they signed for each other.