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VIDEO: US Chellsie Memmel Shows Why She Would Never Do An Onodi

In a fun Q&A session on Instagram Stories, US gymnast Chellsie Memmel was asked if she has ever tried an Onodi on balance beam. "I ...


In a fun Q&A session on Instagram Stories, US gymnast Chellsie Memmel was asked if she has ever tried an Onodi on balance beam.

"I laughed out loud when I read this one. I am gonna find the video to show you why I have not," she responds.




An Onodi is a jump backward (flic-flac take-off) with ½ twist (180°) through a handstand to walk over forward. It is rated a D.

The element, which was named after Hungarian 1992 Olympic champion Henrietta Onodi, was one of the most popular beam elements in the past quads.

"How do you train to ensure you save your body yet are still making progress?"

"This is a good one. there is like not like one straight direct answer because I think it is very individualized to what each person specifically needs," the 2005 World all around champion responds. "Mine is making sure I am conditioning enough getting at least between three to five numbers no more than five so I usually don't go past the number five for any skill or anything I am doing even if I am off that day but that's also too since I've become older and put in a lot of those numbers already when I was a kid."

 "But I will say it again: the biggest thing is quality over quantity. If you can do three very very good ones that is better than doing ten just okay ones. So that is what has been for me: managing my body, taking care of it, getting enough condition and quality over quantity," she continues.

On which skill she'd like to compete again, Memmel chose the piked Arabian on balance beam because "it is a super fun skill to do on the floor and the laser beam"

A piked Arabian on balance beam is not in the current code of points which means if Memmel successfully competed it at an FIG competition, it will be named after her.

In 2018, a video of Memmel training it on the high beam was published.



 

 The tucked Arabian is rated an F, which means that the piked version could be given a G.

The most difficult element on the apparatus is the double twisting double back tuck dismount which is rated an H and is named after US Simone Biles.

Memmel, who previously retired in 2012, announced her comeback to elite gymnastics at the age of 31 in 2020.

She made her elite competition comeback debut at the 2021 U.S. Classic.

Photo: Chellsie Memmel.

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