Michelle Dusserre (USA)
1982 Junior US Nationals: 5th AA
1983 US Nationals
1983 Hungarian International Invitational: 5th AA, 1st FX
1983 USA vs USSR: 3rd AA, 4th V (tie), 6th UB, 3rd BB,
1983 USA vs France: 1st AA
1984 Olympic Trials: 3rd AA
1984 USA vs China: 6th AA (tie)
1984 Olympic Games: 2nd T
1986 US Nationals: 24th AA, 5th FX (tie)
1986 Kips Invitational: 2nd T, 5th AA,1st BB, 3rd FX
1986 US Olympic Festival: 1st T (tie), 19th AA
1987 American Classic: 13th AA
1987 US Nationals: 12th AA, 3rd UB (tie)
Michelle Dusserre was
born in Garden Grove, California and began gymnastics
at the age of 4. As a California native, she trained
at SCATS in California during the club's prime in the
1980's. During this time period, SCATS coached a
number of top American gymnasts, including Kathy
Johnson, Beth Kline (now Beth Rybacki, one of Vanessa
Atler's former coaches), Pam Bileck, Marie Roethlisberger (sister to John
Roethlisberger), Sabrina Mar and
Michelle was a strong figure in
the sport throughout the early 1980's, peaking at the 1984
Olympics where she was the youngest member of the team. As one of
the first competitors up for the team (a 'tablesetter'), her
scores were somewhat lower than they would have been had she gone
up later in the rotation. As a result, she failed to advance to
the AA and EF. Nevertheless, Michelle's scores helped set a
strong precedence for the others to follow and the US team was
successful in winning the Olympic silver medal.
After her considerable success in
1984, Michelle suffered a severe elbow injury in 1985 keeping her
out of that season. In 1986, Michelle failed to make the National
team, however she continued in the sport through to 1987 where
she upgraded her difficulty significantly to earn a bronze on
uneven bars (and finish 13th in the AA). Following the 1987
Nationals, Michelle left the competitive aspect of gymnastics to
begin college at Arizona State University.
Michelle's innovativeness and
tricks as a youngster and the perseverance she showed as she got
older are just two things that Michelle is known for in the
sport. She was also a Hollywood stunt double for actress Janet
Jones in the gymnastics flick, "American Anthem."
Following her retirement from
competitive gymnastics, Michelle has continued to be involved in
some of the less traditional aspects of the sport. Drawing on her
background as a Registered Dietitician, she sends the message to
athletes that nutrition can be fun. She was the editor of USA Gymnastics'
1996, "Athlete Cookbook."
Michelle served on the US
Olympic committee's Athletes Advisory Council, USA Gymnastics' task force Female Athlete Triad (other
members of this task force include Claudia Miller (Shannon
Miller's mother), Kelli Hill, and Donna Strauss), and has written
several Quick Hits for the USA Gymnastics website. She has also assisted with the USAG's Talent Opportunity Program (TOPS)
Training Camps for children age 12 and under.
She coached alongside Tom and Lori Forster at the Colorado Aerials,
eventually picking up a second coaching responsibility at the Air Force Academy.
In May 1999 Michell's husband, Matt Farrell, accept a new job (he previously served as the US Olympic
Committee's webmaster) and the couple relocated to Southern California. Matt now
works in the entertainment industry in internet marketing. Several
weeks after the move, Michelle gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter
named Abby. In addition to being a mom, Michelle is doing some freelance work as
a dietician and writing for nbcolympics.com.
Although she is not currently coaching, she expects to someday find her way back
into the gym.
Dusserre was born on December 26th, 1968.
Many thanks to Michelle Dusserre-Farrell for her update.
. This page was created on April 8th, 1999 and last updated on January 18, 2000.