updated 07/27/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/29/2012 AT 8:15 AM ET
Jordyn Wieber has always dreamed of being an Olympian. A gymnast since the age of 4, she shot through the ranks and reached elite status in the sport by 10. Wieber was named the 2008 U.S. Junior National Champion, and in 2011, became the all-around World Champion. The 17-year-old Dewitt, Michigan, native and spokesperson for Kellogg’s Olympic Program ‘From Great Starts Come Great Things’ is blogging her experiences from London for PEOPLE.com. She wrote the following blog before competition began … check back for more later in the week!
Most recently, I competed in the Olympic Trials in the end of June – I’ve never been so nervous in my life! All of my training came down to those three days, which could make or break my Olympic dream.
Luckily, I was able to keep my focus and channel my nerves into adrenaline, something that with years of practice and determination has helped me achieve my goals. I’m also fortunate enough to be close friends with the other girls on the team, and their support and confidence in me also helped me stay calm throughout. To qualify for the Olympics really was a dream come true.