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Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber named Arkansas gymnastics coach

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas decided to go young and splashy with its hiring of a gymnastics coach.

UA Athletics Director Hunter Yurachek flew to Los Angeles on Wednesday with Razorback gymnasts Jessica Yamzon and Sarah Shaffer to bring 23-year-old Jordyn Wieber back to campus to head the program. Yurachek posted a tweet to officially announce the hire.

Wieber, a member of USA Gymnastics’ 2012 gold medal-winning “Fierce Five,” has been serving as a volunteer assistant coach for veteran UCLA Coach Valerie Kondos Field the last three years.

Yurachek was in Fort Worth, Texas, for the NCAA championships last weekend, where the Bruins finished in third place behind national champion Oklahoma and LSU.