Six-time World medalist, 2008 Olympic silver-medalist Chellsie Memmel retires from competitive gymnastics
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 14, 2012 – Chellsie Memmel of West Allis, Wis., who was the first U.S. woman to win the World all-around title after 11 years and earned six World and one Olympic medal, today announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics. Memmel won the World all-around title in 2005 and went on to claim a total of three World gold and three World silver medals in her career, along with the 2008 Olympic team silver. Memmel will wrap up performing in the 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions this weekend.
“In her 10 years on the national team, Chellsie demonstrated her talent, her tenacity and her iron will on her way to becoming one of the top-five most decorated U.S. women gymnasts in history,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “She has overcome many adversities in her career, providing inspiration to many young gymnasts, and has played an integral part in the USA’s success on and off the field of play during those years. Chellsie has always been a great ambassador for our sport, and we look forward to her continued involvement in gymnastics.”
“I’ve accomplished so many great things throughout my career, and I’ve participated in so many unique opportunities that will be lifelong memories,” said Memmel, who has been coached by her father Andy since 2005. “It’s very hard to say ‘I’m done,’ but I’m ready to do it. I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, coaches and fans for their love and support, which means the world to me. I’m looking forward to taking this next step and starting a new life outside of competitive gymnastics.
“In the next few weeks, I’ll have a little downtime to reflect and get ready for the future,” said Memmel, who became engaged to Kory Maier, a mechanical engineer, last summer. “Gymnastics will always be a big part of my life, and I will continue to be involved as a coach and mentor, and as a judge for USA Gymnastics events. I’ve started to look at colleges and plan on enrolling in a few courses this spring and starting full-time in the fall. I also want to start working with kids across the country and develop programs to get them involved in a healthy, active lifestyle. And of course, getting married this coming August.”
“Chellsie has been a terrific representative of USA Gymnastics for many years and has been an outstanding role model for young athletes who aspire to be the best they can be,” said Peter Vidmar, chairman of the Board for USA Gymnastics and 1984 Olympic gold medalist. “Although we will miss seeing her on the competition floor, we are confident that in the future she will bring her many talents to benefit gymnastics in whatever way she chooses.”