Friday, September 23, 2011
Memmel Out; McLaughlin In
Chellsie Memmel withdrew from the Pan Am Games due to an injured shoulder that she originally tweaked at last month's National Championships. Earlier today, reporters published quotes from Chellsie that she'd only be competing beam and floor at Pan Ams. This is quite the opportunity for Grace McLaughlin. It is interesting that McKenzie Wofford wasn't named to the squad, as she has been hyped online rather extensively over the last few months. Of the six major selection processes that Chellsie Memmel has been a part of, this marks the third time that she has been injured during the process/training. It is also important to remember that she missed being named to the 2003 World Team initially due to injury and missed the 2004 Olympic Team for the same reason. Not only will Chellsie have to fight a body that breaks down over the next year, she'll have to hope Martha Karolyi and Kathy Kelly believe in her enough to overlook her injury-prone track record. It is a sad day, as Memmel looked amazing in her comeback this summer.