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Chellsie Memmel, 2008 Olympian, enters first gymnastics meet in 9 years

Chellsie Memmel, a 2008 Olympic silver medalist who retired from gymnastics in 2012, is entered in subsequent week’s U.S. Basic, her first meet in 9 years.

Memmel, a 32-year-old mom of two who resumed gymnastics coaching in 2019, is prone to compete on two of the 4 apparatuses, stability beam and vault, she mentioned this week.

Memmel, who turned a gymnastics decide in retirement (and judged a qualifier for the U.S. Basic in January), detailed her comeback final summer season.

“I wished to attempt to get again to the place I used to be, attempt to even get higher on a number of the issues and see how my physique responded,” Memmel informed NBC Sports activities this week. “See if I may compete. See if I even might be aggressive.

“This complete course of has been about pleasure and loving doing gymnastics, and that’s the one purpose I’m nonetheless doing it.”

She hoped to return to competitors in February, however an ankle harm delayed it to the U.S. Basic, the first tune-up meet for the nationwide championships in June.

Memmel can petition for a spot at nationals in three weeks even with out competing on all 4 apparatuses at Basic.

“This coming weekend goes to be an enormous take a look at,” Memmel mentioned, noting the closest factor she’s needed to a contest was doing American Ninja Warrior final summer season. “I don’t know the way it’s going to go. I hope it’s going to go properly.”

Memmel hasn’t publicly mentioned she desires to make one other Olympic crew, however it could be cool to get a brand new talent named after her on the stability beam. That might require performing it at a world competitors, maybe a World Cup.

The Basic area contains each contender for the U.S. Olympic crew of six girls.

Most notably, Simone Biles, who beforehand introduced that Basic can be her first competitors for the reason that October 2019 World Championships. Biles is predicted to compete within the all-around on the meet on Might 22.

Peacock reside streams protection of the primary session at 1 p.m. ET (together with Memmel and Laurie Hernandez). NBCSN airs the second session at 7 p.m. (together with Biles and Morgan Hurd).

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