Gymnast Wieber, Decathlete Eaton, Women’s Volleyball Team earn USOC's June honors
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Standout performances at the U.S. Olympic Trials garnered gymnast Jordyn Wieber (DeWitt, Mich.) and track & field's Ashton Eaton (Bend, Ore.) Athlete of the Month recognition, while the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team was named Team of the Month for June, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Wieber captured her second consecutive national title at the 2012 Visa Championships, which ran from June 8-10 in St. Louis. Wieber earned a final score of 121.900 during the two-day competition. She was named to the U.S. Olympic Team after barely missing the title at the U.S. Olympic Trials for Gymnastics in San Jose, Calif.
Meanwhile, Eaton put on a performance of a lifetime at the U.S. Olympic Trials for Track & Field. He started the first day of competition with two world decathlon records in the 100-meter (10.21) and the long jump (8.23 meters). Going into the final event, the 1,500-meter run, Eaton held a 317-point lead over his closest competitor. He ran a personal best in the race with a time of 4:14.48 to finish first. In the end, his total score for the decathlon came to 9,039 points, breaking Roman Sebrle's previous world record of 9,026 points and Dan O'Brien's American record of 8,891 points set in 1992.
The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team captured the 20th Annual FIVB World Grand Prix title with an undefeated 14-0 record at the tournament. The victory marked the third consecutive year - and fifth time overall - that the U.S. won the 16-team premier international women's volleyball competition. Seventeen different U.S. players competed throughout the tournament, helping the U.S. to wins over five teams ranked in the world top 10.
Swimming's Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) and track star Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, Calif.) earned second and third place in the female vote. On the men's side, Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) finished runner-up, while triathlete Lukas Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took third. The U.S. Women's National Softball Team earned second in the team competition, and the women's recurve archery team rounded out the voting in third.
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees with online fan voting via Twitter accounting for 10 percent of the total vote.
1. Jordyn Wieber, Gymnastics
2.Missy Franklin, Swimming
3. Allyson Felix, Track & Field
1.Ashton Eaton, Track & Field
2.Michael Phelps, Swimming
3. Lukas Verzbicas, Triathlon
1. U.S. Women's National Team, Volleyball
2. U.S. Women's National Team, Softball
3. Women's Recurve Team, Archery