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Monday, July 25, 2011
Stars new and old shine in Chicago

By Amy Van Deusen

World silver medalist Alexandra Raisman won the 2011 CoverGirl Classic on Saturday in Chicago -- one of the qualifying meets to U.S. nationals held next month. The biggest story of the day, though, was the comeback of 2008 Olympians Chellsie Memmel, 23, and Shawn Johnson, 19.

Memmel, the 2005 world all-around champion, placed second to Raisman in the all-around and looked especially solid on bars and beam (14.40 and 14.70, respectively).

Johnson, the silver medalist in the all-around in Beijing and "Dancing with the Stars" champ from 2009, is still recovering from a knee injury. She competed in only bars and beam and had a fall on each, but at this stage of her training, wasn't disappointed with the performance. "It's almost been three years [since I've competed]," she said after, "I'll give myself a little slack."

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