Who stays, who goes?

After the Olympics there’s usually a flurry of discussion and speculation — who will continue, and who’s retiring? This ongoing post will attempt to chronicle that.

Staying. Chellsie Memmel, at least through the 2009 Worlds. Hard to blame her — despite the Olympic team silver, Beijing was hardly her dream competition.

Going. Alicia Sacramone, who has hinted she might try diving.

Staying. The bionic Oksana Chusovitina, who was given $20,000 Euros by Li Ning to help pay for son Alisher’s lieukemia treatment.

Staying. Beth Tweddle, who wants to compete in London at next year’s world championships.

Going. Romanian Marian Dragulescu, the — so close! — two time Olympic vault champ, who announced plans to become a coach.

Going. Morgan Hamm, who told the press that he’s done. M. Hamm plans to marry and attend chiropractic school.

Undecided. Paul Hamm, who apparently is trying to choose between an advanced degree in business administration or further competition. Hey, the MBA will always be an option, Paul — Olympic-caliber gymnastics won’t.

Undecided. Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson, the big winners of the Games. Johnson has professed that she’d “give anything” to do another Olympics, while Liukin has mentioned 2012 in a few interviews but seems more focused on breaking Shannon Miller’s world championship medal count, which could happen in 2009.

Staying. Non-2008 Olympian Yelena Zamolodchikova and Lyudmila Yezhova Grebenkova, the grand dames of the talented but aging Russian teams.

Going. Aussie Olivia Vivian, to the talented and often under-appreciated Oregon State University.

Staying (likely). Yang Yilin. After her performance in Beijing, do you think the Chinese government is just going to let her retire? She could be even better in 2009.

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15 Responses to “Who stays, who goes?”

  1. Isis Says:

    “Staying (likely). Yang Yilin. After her performance in Beijing, do you think the Chinese government is just going to let her retire? She could be even better in 2009.”

    If Yang Yilin wanted to retire, what exactly could the Chinese government do to force her to stay? You can’t force that level of gymnastics. If she lost motivation, her teammates would take her place.

    But as far as I’m aware, she has no intention of retiring at this point.

    Oh, and BTW, it looks like Cheng Fei is staying; possibly until 2012. 🙂

  2. shergymrag Says:

    “If Yang Yilin wanted to retire, what exactly could the Chinese government do to force her to stay? You can’t force that level of gymnastics. If she lost motivation, her teammates would take her place.”

    Yeah. I’m not sure if Chinese gymnasts get held up as much as in the US. If somebody comes along that’s better, you’re out.

  3. gymfan Says:

    Thats so cool that Alicia may try diving. I think she’d be really good at that.

    I hope Sam and Bridget stay. They’re both great gymnasts, its just unlucky for Sam that she got hurt and Bridget was kind of the inexperienced one on the team. If Bridget sticks around till 2012, she’ll kind of be the vet.

    Speaking of vets, can Chellsie’s body take another four years? Not that I’m complaining; I love Chellsie and her gymnastics, but just sayin’.

  4. Clare Says:

    i rly hope shawn and nastia both go to the 2012 summer olympics o pleeez id giv anything to meet them

  5. Giulyx14 Says:

    Beth Tweddle will partecipate at the World Championship in London.The Europeans will be in Milan!

  6. MS Says:

    I think Memmel will stay in competition simply due to no other options. Alicia has college to fall back on, Memmel never enrolled (at least to my knowledge, she hasn’t)
    20 is an awkward age to either first start college or find a job with no degree & no work experience.
    I suppose she can coach at her parents’ gym…
    If Nastia quits, she is already enrolled at SMU. Shawn can finish high school like a normal kid.
    I’d love to have her stay in…but I don’t want the 2012 trials to end up looking like 2000. *flashbacks of Shannon Miller crippling over in pain*

  7. shadesofautumn Says:

    Anna Pavlova is also staying in competition.

    ~ Hatsumomo (Lightbulb Hands)

  8. Katrina Says:

    I think more than like Shawn and Nastia will stay, Chells, I would love her to stay too. 20 is not an awkward age to enroll, I know several people who have done it and have been perfectly fine. It all depends on your university. Plus, college (speaking from my recent graduation) is quite different from HS. Cliques while still happen aren’t as much of an issue. There are a lot more ways to meet people.

    The other person I hope stays is Shayla

  9. shergymrag Says:

    “20 is not an awkward age to enroll, I know several people who have done it and have been perfectly fine.” Isn’t that the truth. There’s lot of people in college that don’t fit that 18 – 22 age group. It’s only too late to go to college when you’re dead.

  10. amanda Says:

    Chellsie has talked about attending Marquette college in Milwaukee and still living at the house she owns in West Allis, which is not too far and is also near her parents house/gym. Chellsie also has a lot of good friends at UW Whitewater, so I could see her going there. (I didn’t hear that anywhere…it just wouldn’t surprise me if she did.) It’s not like Chellsie wouldn’t know anyone if she started college.

  11. q Says:

    Chellsie is taking classes at a College. Not sure which one but I know she has gone to school.

  12. Virrefan Says:

    I don’t know if this interests you BUT… I’ve been reading the blog of Swedish gymnast Veronica Wagner. It’s seems as of right now she is not thinking about the 2012 olympics. (She was stopped from going to Beijing) However, it does look like she wants to get back to training…so who knows!? I would put her down as UNDECIDED…there could be an interesting comeback coming in 2012!!

  13. TCO Says:

    Shawn was crushed.

  14. M'n'M Says:

    Going: Steliana Nistor has announced her retirement. I’ve found several articles online about this.

  15. Terri Says:

    I thought Chellsie went to Marquette. 20 is DEFINITELY not too old for college. There is no set age where you become too old for college. 20 and 18 year olds are pretty much the same, anyway. I’m not convinced A-Sac is done. She has mentioned in a few interviews post-Olympics, including one with E.T. where she said if her body holds up she will continue. She has also said she is taking things “one day at a time.” She may be looking for redemption and 2009 is the perfect place for that!

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