Memmel Eyes Beijing
Former women’s gymnastics all-around world champion Chellsie Memmel has come back to competition after recovering from a shoulder injury and is hoping for a trip to the Beijing Olympics Games next year.
At the 2007 Gymnastics International Invitational Tournament, an Olympic test event held in Beijing yesterday, the 2005 world champion Memmel finished in fifth at the women’s all-around event. But she was still satisfied with her first competition after a year spent recovering from injury.
“I’m so happy with myself. It’s my first competition in over a year. I’m satisfied with the results. It just made me much better for the next year,” said the 19-year-old.
Memmel injured her shoulder while she was training in 2006 and it’s been a long road to recovery. She said her family’s support helped her overcome that difficult time.
“I just keep thinking positive and people’s support helps me. My family are always there for me,” she said.