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Wisconsin gymnast competes on broken ankle to help U.S. to silver

Chellsie Memmel of West Allis competed on a broken right ankle Tuesday night, as she helped the U.S. women's gymnastics team take second at the Beijing Olympics.

Memmel nailed her only event, the uneven bars, with a solid score of 15-point-seven-two-five.

She injured the ankle Aug. 3 at practice, but the extent was never disclosed until after Monday night's competition.

Memmel said the team talked about benching her for the finals, but it was her decision and after missing the 2004 Athens Games due to injury, the 20-year-old Memmel said there was no way she'd miss her last chance at a medal.

She fell off the uneven bars in Sunday night's qualification round and her Olympic competition is over, since she didn't make the individual finals.

China won the team gold with 188.9, almost 2.5 points more than the Americans. Defending champion Romania took the bronze.


In swimming, Garrett Weber-Gale of Fox Point failed to qualify for the finals of the 100-meter freestyle. He took fifth in Tuesday night's second semi-final, with a time of 48.12 seconds.

Eamon Sullivan of Australia had the best time, a world-record 47.05.


The only Wisconsinite to compete today is Milwaukee Bucks' center Andrew Bogut. He'll play for his native Australia against Iran in a men's basketball preliminary contest.

The U.S. team will play Greece in the same group of contests, but not until 7 a.m. Thursday.