Olympic Gymnast Jordyn Wieber Talks Healthy Dating

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 16:00 -- admin

Jordyn Wieber says great relationships and gymnastics both need one thing — balance.

She should know. Jordyn is an Olympic gold medalist and the reigning national women’s gymnastics champion. Today, she’s sharing her insight into healthy dating with teens at the Green Dot Ánimo Oscar De La Hoya High School. This special visit is a part of Mary Kay’s “Don’t Look Away” campaign to prevent and end domestic violence.

Jordyn decided to support Mary Kay’s “Don’t Look Away” campaign and loveisrespect because of the alarmingly high rates of dating abuse.

“After learning about the warning signs and shocking statistics of teen dating abuse, it is clear this kind of program is needed,” she said.

For Jordyn, the issue of dating abuse is personal. “The thought of my family, friends, teammates or fans becoming part of these statistics terrifies me. That alone motivates me to share the warning signs and the text-for-help program with as many people as possible.”

Jordyn plans on sharing what she’s learned on and off the beams about teamwork and good communication. She said it wasn’t hard to see the similarities between her favorite sport and building a healthy, respectful relationship.

“Just like gymnastics, balance and boundaries are key to healthy dating relationships,” said Jordyn.

Do you have questions about how to set boundaries? Does something in your relationship or a friend’s seem out of balance? Check in with one of our advocates by texting “loveis” to 22522. And send a quick thanks to Mary Kay for sponsoring our texting service!

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