Biography of Chellsie Memmel, World Class Gymnast

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Chellsie Memmel became a two-time world champion in 2003, at age 15. A freak foot injury kept her off the 2004 Olympic team, but a year later, Memmel won one of the most coveted medals in gymnastics: the world all-around title.

In 2006, she tore her shoulder competing at the World Championships but came back to earn a berth on the 2008 Olympic team. She has now retired from the sport.

Memmel's Grit and Determination

Memmel was well known for her competitive mettle.

In 2003, she was the second alternate for the world team but ended up competing when injury and illness took out three USA athletes. She was the rock of the team, competing all four events in finals and leading the squad to its first world team gold medal.

In 2006, Memmel injured her shoulder on bars during worlds but stayed in the competition. One rotation later she made a miraculous save on beam: one foot slipped on her front tuck (1:07 on video clip), but she somehow managed to avoid a fall.

At the 2008 Olympics, Memmel injured her foot in practice but still competed on bars for the US team. Later, it was revealed that she had a fracture in her foot.

Pushing the Limits Through Injury

After battling back from numerous injuries, Memmel continued to compete in competitions through 2012. Her final attempt at competitive Gymnastics was at the US Classic in 2012 after which she retired from the sport.

A Family Sport

Chellsie Memmel, like her Olympic teammate Nastia Liukin, was coached by her father, Andy. Andy was a gymnast at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Memmel’s mom, Jeanelle, competed for Centenary College. The Memmels own M&M Gymnastics in New Berlin, Wisconsin, where Memmel trained.

Memmel now coaches there as well.

Sisters Mara and Skyler both have done competitive gymnastics as well. Mara currently coaches at M&M Gymnastics, and Skyler is on the Central Michigan University gymnastics team.

Cool Skills

Memmel competed a jam to a double-front dismount on the uneven bars, an Arabian double pike on floor, and a barani (at :25) (front flip with a half twist) on the balance beam. She was known for performing difficult and original routines across all four events.

Personal Life

Born June 23, 1988 in West Allis, Wisconsin, Memmel is the oldest of the three girls in her family. She married Kory Maier in August 2013, and gave birth to a baby boy, Dashel Dean Maier, on Feb. 5, 2015.

Memmel's Gymnastics Record

International:

  • 2008 Olympics: 2nd team
  • 2007 Good Luck Beijing Olympic Test Event: 5th all-around; 3rd beam; 3rd floor
  • 2006 World Championships: 2nd team; placed 1st in the all-around preliminaries but had to withdraw from the competition with a shoulder injury
  • 2006 Pacific Alliance Championships: 1st team; 1st all-around (tie with Nastia Liukin); 1st beam; 2nd floor
  • 2005 World Championships: 1st all-around; 2nd uneven bars; 2nd beam
  • 2005 Pan American Games: 1st team; 1st all-around; 1st bars; 1st beam
  • 2005 American Cup: 1st bars; 3rd beam
  • 2004 Pan American Games: 1st bars; 1st beam
  • 2004 American Cup: 3rd all-around; 2nd bars; 3rd beam
  • 2003 World Championships: 1st team; 8th all-around; 1st bars
  • 2003 Pan American Games: 1st team; 1st all-around; 1st bars; 3rd beam

National:

  • 2012 US Classic 
  • 2011 Visa Championships (US Nationals): 8th all-around; 2nd beam; 6th floor
  • 2011 CoverGirl Classic: 2nd all-around; 5th vault (tie); 6th bars; 5th beam; 4th floor
  • 2009 Visa Championships (US Nationals): 8th beam (tie)
  • 2008 US Olympic Trials: 3rd all-around; 2nd bars; 2nd beam; 2nd floor (tie)
  • 2008 Visa Championships (US Nationals): 3rd all-around; 2nd bars; 4th beam; 4th floor
  • 2006 Visa Championships (US Nationals): 4th all-around; 4th beam; 3rd floor
  • 2005 Visa Championships (US Nationals): 2nd all-around; 2nd bars; 2nd beam; 3rd floor
  • 2005 US Classic: 4th all-around; 3rd bars; 2nd beam
  • 2003 US Nationals: 10th all-around; 7th bars; 6th beam
  • 2002 US Nationals (Jr. Division): 3rd all-around; 3rd beam; 2nd floor
  • 2002 US Classic (Jr. Division): 4th all-around; 3rd beam; 3rd floor
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