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West Allis native Chellsie Memmel is a class act.  She is a world calibre gymnast. She is a Wisconsin girl.  And she is a very sweet, genuine person.

Memmel announced that she is retiring.  Memmel is the bomb ditty.  She is s three time world champion and Olympic silver medalist.  In 2005 she won the world all-around title. She battled injuries, surgeries, and in the latter years a U.S gymnastics national team that was less than supportive.  Through is all she stayed classy.

This afternoon Memmel told us, " It's sad to be done competing, it was an emotional decision, but the right one." 

Not many people get to retire at the age of 24. And not many elite athletes are trained by their dad. Memmel said that special relationship with her day actually made her decision to call it quits tougher. "It was decision we made together as a daughter and dad." she told us.  "It is the end of something very special that we had." 

This last year as her teammates competed in the London Olympics, the injured Memmel joined us regularly on Wisconsin's Afternoon News to help us dissect what was happening across the pond. Her analysis was spot on, but it was her bubbly personality that shined through.  You could tell it was tough for her at times to describe events that she thought she should be part of.

She is warm and welcoming.  Anytime we called her up, she was willing to share her insight with our listeners.

She will stay close to the sport. As a matter of fact, she is currently pursuing becoming a gymnastics judge. And she is getting married in August.

Good luck Chellsie. 

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