Chelle Stack (USA)

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of Sato Takeo of OEFC Gymnastics Gallery

1987 U.S. Junior National Championships: 2nd AA
1987 Chunichi Cup: 16th AA
1988 American Cup: 3rd AA
1988 International Mixed Pairs (with Dan Hayden): 6th T
1988 U.S. National Championships: 4th AA, 5th V, 1st UB, 3rd FX
1988 U.S. Olympic Trials: 5th AA
1988 Olympics: 4th team
1989 American Cup: 3rd AA (prelims)
1989 U.S. National Championships: 7th AA, 1st UB, 2nd FX
1989 U.S. Classic
1989 US World Championship Team Trials: 5th AA
1989 Worlds: 4th T
1990 USA vs. East Germany: 1st T, 8th AA, 2nd BB
1990 U.S. National Championships: 11th AA, 4th BB
1990 Golden Sands: 2nd AA, 5th V, 6th UB, 2nd BB
1990 Olympic Festival
1991 USA vs. Romania
1991 Buckeye Classic: 1st T, 2nd AA
1991 American Cup: 7th AA (prelims)
1991 International Mixed Pairs: 11th AA
1991 PanAm Games: 1st T, 2nd AA, 1st FX
1991 US Nationals: 12th AA, 3rd UB (tie)
1992 US Nationals: 29th AA

The majority of these results were compiled from information found at Gymn Forum

Michelle ("Chelle") Stack began gymnastics at a young age, and moved to Karolyi's in Houston at the tender age of 9 to pursue her (or some might say her parents') dream to become an Olympic Champion. Chelle burst on the elite scene in 1988, winning the bronze at the American Cup and earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. She helped the team earn it's fourth place finish (would have been third if not for a technicality deduction). Interestingly, three months before the U.S. Olympic team trials, Chelle wanted to quit gymnastics but her mother said no. As told in Joan Ryan's "Little Girls in Pretty Boxes," she told her, "I put this much time and effort into this and, by God, if you think I'm going to let you quit now, you're crazy." Chelle did make the team, although a fall during her compulsory bar routine left her and her family disappointed.

Chelle spent the next several year after the Olympic games competing successfully at the international level, while searching for the right gym to achieve her goals in gymnastics. Chelle was certainly no stranger to the process of switching gyms. Prior to her move to Karolyi's, Chelle worked with Russians Anna and Leo Belder at their gym in Pennsylvania. Two short years after arriving at Karolyi's, citing problems with Karolyi's assistant, Chelle left and drifted from gym to gym in Houston for two years. Chelle's progress slowed and she found herself back at Karolyi's.

Following the 88 Olympics, Chelle moved back to the Belders' gym in Pennyslvania for casual training. She soon moved to SCATS, only to switch back to Karolyi's the following year. Chelle remained at Karolyi's for one season, then switched to the newly formed Cypress Academy. And we thought keeping track of Moceanu in late 1998/early 1999 was hard!

Chelle eventually retired in 1991, just one year short of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Since retiring from competition, Chelle has earned success in the sport and in other areas as well. She spent two years at the University of Oklahama and recently earned her elite judging card. According to IG, one of her first international assignment was the 1998 International 3 on 3 competition. This same year, in December, she became engaged.

Chelle has also coached gymnastics in Dallas, TX, and has performed in various shows and exhibitions, including a 1996 Kurt Thomas show performed in various parts of the country. She eventually moved to Florida, where she enjoyed a long standing role in Walt Disney World's Cirque de Soleil show. Joining her were former gymnasts including Yelena Shapornaya (UKR), Marilou Cousineau (CAN), and Chen Bo (CHN).

Chelle eventually left Cirque, in January 2002, to coach full time at (Brandy Johnson's) Brown's in Clairmont. In early 2002 she left the gym in favour of owning and coaching at her own Brown's location, Winter Park. 

Chelle married June 2011 and was inducted into USAG's Hall of Fame in August 2011. Visit USAG's YouTube channel to watch Chelle's acceptance speech.

 

Check out the September/October 2002 issue of Inside Gymnastics for an interview with Chelle!

Chelle Stack was born on July 23, 1973.

. This page was created on March 23, 1999 and last updated August 2011.