Saturday, May 26, 2012
Chellsie Memmel's Petition Denied
Nancy Armour just tweeted that Chellsie Memmel's petition has been denied. Is this fair? She didn't appear to be anywhere near contention today and was beyond a long shot, but should she have been given a petition based on past experience? USAG gave Shawn a pass to Nationals after her mistakes last year. Chellsie is a fan favorite and has given a lot to USAG. It certainly wouldn't have hurt to give her a petition. I can see where she didn't earn it and has been unable to go to camps, but it does feel a tad harsh given her track record. Shawn Johnson should be nervous about expecting a position at Trials if she is too busy traveling and promoting her book to pretend to be a gymnast the week of Nationals. It is unlikely the judging panel will do her any favors.