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Chellsie Memmel        

As one of the worlds top gymnasts, Chellsie Memmel was part of the silver medal-winning team at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Chellsie emerged as one of Americas brightest talents in 2003 when she was named to the Pan American Games team and won five medals, including team and all-around gold. At the 2005 World Championships, she became the first U.S. woman to win the All-Around gold medal since 1994.

Chellsie is the oldest of three daughters to Andy and Jeanelle Memmel, both of whom were All-American gymnasts. Her parents own M&M Gymnastics where she trains and is coached by her father.

Chellsie was a member of the 2008 Olympic Gymnastics Team in Beijing, China. She fought through a severe injury to help the team win a silver medal. Following the 2008 Olympics she took time off from her gymnastics career to concentrate on coaching. In 2011 Chellsie announced she will begin training with the intent of making the 2012 Olympic team. She competed for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the 2011 CoverGirl Classic where she won the all-around Silver medal.

Chellsie proved she is well on her way to claiming her spot as one of the top female gymnasts in the world with a phenomenal performance at the 2011 Visa U.S. National Championships. As a result, she was named to the 2011 U.S. National Team.

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Chellsie on transitioning to Coaching:

… Switching sides going from being the athlete to the coach has been a huge transition for me. …

… Switching sides going from being the athlete to the coach has been a huge transition for me. …

Entering the 2003 World Championships in Anaheim, California, the Americans had never won a team world title and expectations were high that this team could make history. When injuries and illness took out half of the team, hopes for Gold diminished as the team’s roster fell apart. Courtney Kupets, 2003 U.S. All-Around Champion and 2002 Word Champion on uneven bars, ruptured her achilles after the preliminaries; Annia Hatch, U.S. Champion on the vault, tore her ACL; Ashley Postell, 2002 World Champion on beam and U.S. Champion on floor went down with the flu. Martha Karolyi’s “Dream Team” was quickly becoming a coach's worst nightmare. The U.S. did not have enough gymnasts to compete and had to fly in the team’s third alternate, Chellsie Memmel.

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