Chellsie Memmel took questions for the primary time Thursday (9 June) since beginning her new position because the U.S. girls’s gymnastics technical lead. The 2008 Olympic crew silver medallist is a part of a trio that can now information this system, and he or she is joined by fellow 2008 Olympian Alicia Sacramone Quinn, the strategic lead, and Dan Baker, the developmental lead.
“It wasn’t one thing that I used to be pondering of to start with of the 12 months,” Memmel admitted in her opening assertion, “however then simply issues sort of modified for me, and I assumed it could possibly be a great transition into a brand new position for me.”
Memmel first started fascinated about the position after USA Gymnastics vp of girls’s program Annie Heffernon approached her to see if she would have an interest, saying many individuals had instructed her for the place.
“I hadn’t actually considered it,” stated Memmel. “Then, I finished and considered it for… It was greater than every week. It was over every week of fascinated about it, speaking to my husband about it, speaking to my household about it, questioning if it might be a great match for me, a great match for our household. It was a whole lot of thought went into it earlier than I even determined to submit a resume as a result of I understand how huge of a job it’s.”
The position, says Memmel, is primarily to assist athletes and coaches with placing collectively their routines however can even entail advising up-and-coming athletes in USA Gymnastics’ developmental program on what components to be working.
Memmel, a brevet rated decide since 2013, will proceed to evaluate (although solely internationally) as she attends each the nationwide crew and developmental coaching camps.
Her intricate data of the rule ebook will probably be vital to the position, she says.
“That’s undoubtedly going to be part of my job of understanding the code, understanding the route that it is shifting,” defined Memmel. “I do know we have been doing a greater job sending extra judges out however getting the suggestions when the judges are going to different international locations, suggestions from the opposite judges, can be going to be essential.”
Sacramone Quinn will take questions throughout an interview session on Monday (13 June), and Olympics.com will cowl her remarks.
Memmel, Hambuchen, Ponor, and Gutsu inducted to Worldwide Gymnastics Corridor of Fame
Talking of Memmel, it has been a busy couple weeks, as she, together with Olympic champions Catalina Ponor, Fabian Hambuchen, and Tatiana Gutsu, had been inducted to the Worldwide Gymnastics Corridor of Fame on Sunday (5 June) in Norman, Oklahoma.
Every of the inductees addressed attendees at a black-tie dinner with Bart Conner, 1984 Olympic champion and Corridor of Fame member himself, main the festivities.
“Discover your ardour and benefit from the journey,” Memmel stated in her closing remarks, in response to Worldwide Gymnast.
Hambuchen, who lastly claimed horizontal bar gold at Rio 2016 after taking bronze at Beijing 2008 and silver at London 2012, paid particular tribute to his mum.
“I wish to use this chance to say thanks to an individual who was by no means within the highlight, who was within the background and did an incredible job, and that’s my mum,” he stated. “She was the one who was holding this crew collectively. I believe that is the correct time to say thanks, Mama. You’re the cause that we did what we did. Thanks and I really like you.”
Romanian star Ponor was unable to attend the occasion because of journey problems. However the winner of three Olympic gold medals at Athens 2004 delivered remarks through video message.
“For me it’s an honor to be part of this huge and delightful Corridor of Fame household,” stated the 2004, 2012, and 2016 Olympian. “I’m wanting ahead to being there subsequent 12 months and celebrating collectively.”
Gutsu, winner of two gold medals (crew, all-around) on the 1992 Olympic Video games in Barcelona, shared an emotional message, asking for peace and love on the earth. Although Gutsu represented the Unified Group in Barcelona, she was born in Odessa, Ukraine.
Turkey’s Arican goals of extra historical past
Ferhat Arican has already made historical past for Turkish gymnastics.
The 28-year-old grew to become his nation’s first creative gymnast to compete on the Olympic Video games at Rio 2016. Then, ultimately the Tokyo 2020 Video games in 2021, he received Turkey’s first medal within the sport – a bronze on the parallel bars.
However, he desires extra.
“It’s an undefinable honour to place my stamp on historical past within the Olympics,” stated Arican, in response to an interview with the Worldwide Gymnastics Federation. “I hope, in Paris, I would be the one who brings the primary gold medal in Gymnastics.”
The 2020 and 2021 European champion on the parallel bars, Arican remains to be looking for a world gold medal in 2022 after taking silvers on the Cairo and Baku World Cups earlier this 12 months.
He’ll get that likelihood this week on the World Problem Cup in Osijek, Croatia.
“I am wanting ahead to successful this season’s first gold medal in Osijek,” stated Arican. “I am a hundred percent wholesome and prepared for it. To be sincere, my earlier season’s efficiency happy me so much. Due to this fact, I purpose to enhance on that and win as many gold medals as I can.”
From the vault…
This week, we glance again at Group USA’s obligatory steadiness beam rotation from Atlanta 1996.
Dubbed the ‘Magnificent Seven,’ the squad went on to win america’ first girls’s Olympic crew gold medal. Shannon Miller lead the U.S. crew on this rotation, scoring a 9.737.