A TCG reader wrote in with a petition in support of Chellsie Memmel with the goal of getting her to the U.S. National Championships. Her opinion:
“Everyone has their own thoughts on the matter, but I believe most would agree this dismissal of Chellsie Memmel feels incredibly abrupt and slightly uncalled for (especially after she was named to the original Pan Am team last year, which is usually an auto-qualify to Nationals regardless of being replaced because of injury*), and when in the past gymnasts with two falls during the Classic (Johnson last year) and those who havent even competed at Classics are still petitioned through to Nationals.
Either way, even people do agree with the decision, I figured a lot of your readers are big Chellsie fans and would be interested to know that there’s been an online petition that’s been started in her behalf. At the very least, I think she’s owed respect from USA Gymnastics to be able to end her career with dignity after all she’s done.
Gymnasts like Vanessa Atler and Josh Dixon have both signed, but more signatures are needed. If nothing else, it would be a great way to show an awesome gymnast how much the community cares and supports her.”
The creator of the petition has also stated that the petition “will be online for one week, to get as many signatures as possible and to also give fans a chance to voice what they think about this. After that week, it will be printed out in it’s entirety and sent to Steve Penny. I will also be printing a copy to send to Chellsie’s gym. Even if it changes nothing, Chellsie will be able to read it and see what fans had to say.”
Whether you agree with the decision or not, the petition is a nice gesture to the Memmels after a rough weekend. If you are a fan of Chellsie and would like to show your support, you can sign the petition here.
*Note: Though Memmel was named to the Pan Ams team, the 2012 Elite/Pre-elite Qualification Chart states that World Championship team members are the only automatic bids, and that a National Team member not on the Worlds team must earn a 54.00 in the All-Around, a 41.25 on three events, or a 28.00 on two events “at Team Training Camp (full routines on competition surfaces) or International Assignment.” Thus, simply being named to the Pan Ams was not enough to qualify Memmel to Nationals.