After nearly a decade away from competition, local Olympic gymnast has her sights set on Tokyo

Posted at 6:36 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 07:36:35-04

Most days, 32-year-old Chellsie Memmel is content to be a mom to two kids.

But nailing one of the hardest beam routines, trying it for the first time in 8 years has most minds thinking.

"That is, I'm shaking. That was terrifying!" Memmel says. "I haven't called it a comeback yet. But it's feeling more and more like that. I'm just dragging my feet."

"The Chellsie comeback has started. It's just not official yet," Chellsie's dad Andy Memmel says.

On bars, she's still getting acclimated to, but clearly we've seen, Memmel is back to Olympic caliber on the beam.

Memmel could be a gymnastics Cinderella story. She's stronger than ever.

"If I say like yes, I'm gonna come back, I'm going do this, I'm going do it. I'm going to give it everything I have because I don't know how to do something like this halfway," Memmel says.

"It's a total Cinderella story that, you know, if you do put your mind to something? It can be done," Andy Memmel says.

She's cautious, trying to avoid injury. And needing to call the national team coordinator with proper steps. But could the Olympic dream be alive, in 2021?

"Entertaining the idea. That is absolutely what we're doing," Memmel says.

"What I'm looking at right now? It's very realistic," Andy Memmel says.

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