Only the third U.S. woman to achieve world all-around gold, Memmel earned a total of six World medals (three gold, three silver) and an Olympic silver medal during her impressive competitive career.
Originally named the second alternate for the 2003 World Championships team, Memmel led Team USA to its first-ever World Team gold medal. She closed out the 2003 World Championships in style, tying with teammate Hollie Vise for the gold medal on the uneven bars.
The following year she was named as an alternate to the 2004 Olympic team. In 2005, she made history by becoming the first U.S. woman to win the World all-around title since Shannon Miller in 1994 and earned two silver medals in the event finals on the uneven bars and balance beam. At the 2006 World Championships, Memmel’s performance in the team final was instrumental in the USA’s team silver medal. She was the bronze medalist in the all-around at the 2008 Visa Championships and was named to the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team.
Despite a broken bone in her ankle, Memmel performed on the uneven bars at the 2008 Olympics, helping the U.S. team earn their second consecutive Olympic team silver medal. After the 2009 Visa Championships, Memmel took a short competitive break and returned for the 2011 CoverGirl Classic, where she earned the all-around silver medal.
While injuries hampered Memmel’s attempt to make the 2012 Olympic Team, she was a cast member for the 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Champions that performed in 40 cities throughout the United States. Memmel trained at M&M Gymnastics, and she continues to play an important role within the sport as both a coach and a Brevet-rated judge. She served as an official at the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials for women’s gymnastics.