Local gymnast Memmel speaks out about life after Olympic glory
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WEST ALLIS - As Team USA decides who will represent in gymnastics, Chellsie Memmel stands on the sideline. Not allowed to compete at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, she's gaining more honors handling a difficult situation, with class.
Chellsie tells TODAY'S TMJ4'S Lance Allan, "At first it was hard, but I'm well past it."
A World Champion and an Olympic Silver Medalist, Memmel was denied the chance to compete at the U.S. Championships, so she showed up in a new uniform--as a judge.
"It was the first time at a major competition that I wore a suit. No leotard," Chellsie recalls. She adds, ""That was tough, people complimented me on how I handled it but they were still coming up to me and asking me how i was doing."
Lance Allan: "You probably didn't even realize the fan support behind you?"
Memmel: "I didn't, but there were so many people from all over the nation behind me."
Allan: "Has anyone from the USA Olympic Committee apologized?"
Memmel: "No, but I wouldn't expect that. It's their decision and if they admitted that, it would make it harder. Sticking to their decision makes it a little easier."
Allan: "When the Olympics start, will you go through these feelings again?"
Memmel: "Not really. I think I've dealt with them, and now I hope the girls go out and get a gold."
Allan: "How do you want to be remember, you are the best female gymnast from Wisconsin, and one of the best ever?"
Memmel: "It still would have been hard to make the team. I gave it my all in major competitions, they got the best from me."
Likely, that final chapter will be a gymnastics tour, ironically, with the U.S. Olympic team.
"I'm excited. It's a great way to finish career...and a great way to end it for everybody," Chellsie says.
Memmel plans to use her expertise to help us. She'll break down the big competition nights with her analysis in about a month.