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Tuesday's Olympic Highlights: Memmel Competes With Broken Ankle

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Tuesday's Olympic Highlights: Memmel Competes With Broken Ankle

By Katie DeLong

Some surprising news Wednesday about one of our local Olympians: Chellsie Memmel’s friends cheered Tuesday night as she performed on the uneven bars in Beijing. After she and her teammates took the silver medal, she revealed that she competed on a broken right ankle. Also from Beijing, Michael Phelps won two more gold medals, bringing his total up to five for the Games. He’s won 11 medals overall, more than any other Olympian in history. A tough night for Garrett Weber-Gale of Fox Point: he failed to qualify for the finals in the men’s 100 meter freestyle race. The American women's basketball team has been dominant so far at the Games, but did you know that a local coach has a role in shaping future Olympic teams? Terri Mitchell, who coaches the women's team at Marquette helped the under-18 American team win gold at a world competition in Argentina last month. “These are the kids, I say kids, but obviously the young women that are going to be the future Olympians one day,” Mitchell said. Could her role with the young players be a springboard to a bigger role with the U.S. Olympic team? Only time will tell. There's an athlete in California who failed to make the Olympics this year. He tried out, but there was one small problem… "I knew that synchronized swimming was considered a woman's sport when I joined, but I loved it so, you couldn't stop me,” Kenyon Smith said. Smith is a synchronized swimmer, and by all accounts, a good one, but he was the wrong gender and he says he knew at some point he'd be disqualified. In the future, he'd like to push for a change in the sport, so it includes both men and women.
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