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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Jordyn Wieber on texting, Tigers, Bieber

By Lynn Hoppes

Olympic gymnastic champion Jordyn Wieber took a breather from her hectic travel schedule to return home to Michigan on Wednesday to support AT&T's anti-texting while driving campaign.

Wieber, a 17-year-old DeWitt native, visited the store in Novi to meet fans and sign autographs. Wieber was there to promote the "It Can Wait" campaign.

Jordyn Wieber
Jordyn Wieber hopes to meet Justin Bieber someday.
"I'm a huge believer that any text can wait until you get where you're going," said Wieber, who just returned from New York and Los Angeles for various talk show appearances. "It's not worth that little text message if you possibly have an accident."

After the appearance Wednesday afternoon, Wieber heads to Detroit to throw out the first pitch when the Tigers host the Blue Jays at Comerica Park.

"I'm pretty nervous because I'm not used to playing baseball," Wieber said. "I haven't practiced at all yet. They are going to teach me how to throw it when I get there."

Wieber, who lives only a few hours from Detroit, has never been to a Tigers game.

"It's so amazing to be home because everyone here and throughout Michigan supported me while I was in London," Wieber said. "I'm just excited to see all the fans. It's definitely going to be a cool experience."

Then she's on the road again in a few weeks for MTV's "Video Music Awards" in Los Angeles. Wieber and the rest of the gold-medal-winning U.S. gymnastics team will present an award.

"I can't wait to meet a lot of celebrities," Wieber said. "Definitely Justin Bieber is on the top of my list!"