Former silver medalist looks back at the 1984 Olympics
COLORADO SPRINGS – It was 1984, the gymnasts team was young and saw itself as a fraternity. But they gave their all by competing in the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.
Michelle was known as the “tableetter” of the team. She would go first and set the pace and expectations for the performance of the American team. She was also the youngest of the one-month-old team, but the whole team was young. Still, that didn’t stop them from winning the U.S. silver medal. Michelle says representing her country filled her with great pride, and the feeling of seeing the American flag waving filled her heart with happiness. She says she still has that feeling to this day because being a part of something so special has impacted her entire life.
“Watching as a spectator resonates with me personally, having had my own experience and now seeing other team USA representatives, competing, being successful. The pride continues and it’s an incredible feeling, ”said Michelle Dusserre, 1984 silver medalist.
“To this day, we keep in touch quite frequently. We were there as teammates during the competition, but now we are there for each other as friends, sisters and supporters in everything we do to keep that bond alive today, ”said Michelle.
Michelle is happy to call Colorado Springs now. She says that the fact that this city is the Olympic city of the United States is meaningful to her and that she spends much of her time working at the Olympic and Paralympic Museum.
As for her former teammates, she plans to reunite with them for a reunion in hopes they can watch the Tokyo Olympics together this summer.