11-22-2011, 06:41 PM
just like parents who push their kids to excell in other aspects of life/sports/education... parents sometimes live vicariously through their children. It's completely wrong, IMO, no matter what way they push their child. Just because you were "inadequate" doesn't mean you need to force your child to give you an "extra life" in the game.
Originally Posted by seniorita
11-23-2011, 10:50 AM
At the rink. Again.
Yes, I had the misfortune to witness her on a Junior/Senior session in Co Springs once. And I witnessed her mother screaming from the 5th row of the stands at Kathy Casey. Not cool....
Originally Posted by Dragonlady
11-23-2011, 01:37 PM
Believing in Mirai
I know why the rule is there and again I disagree. I did not say I 'think it doesn't happen'. I know that it does but I believe these are exceptions.
Originally Posted by Dragonlady
We will just have to agree to disagree.
11-23-2011, 02:04 PM
Absolutely they are the exceptions, but there are enough exceptions to make it a concern. Whenever underage children are involved, there are people who are willing to exploit them if there's enough money/fame involved. And sadly, little is done when a child is being abused in this manner.
Originally Posted by Sasha'sSpins
There is also the image that the sport puts out to the world at large. They don't want another Tara or Oksana - kids who win it all before they're old enough to drive and then disappear because of injuries or burn out. It gives the sport a bad image. I remember people saying "That's not a WOMAN! She's a child" and many others who said they would never put their child in figure skating because they put too much pressure on children. Then there's the issue of hormones to supress puberty, eating disorders, and injuries which meant that by age 20, Tara couldn't run and had to walk her leg of the Olympic torch relay. All reflect very badly on the sport and make it appear that skating eats young girls and spits them out at the end with a poor education and no marketable skills, if they haven't become a champion (see Nicole Bobek).
Last edited by Dragonlady; 11-23-2011 at 02:09 PM.
11-23-2011, 02:53 PM
leave no stone unturned
Girls are taking hormones not to grow up?
11-23-2011, 03:45 PM
The saddest part is that you see the Parents from Mars in all areas... My son plays soccer and those parents are crazy... screaming at coaches, their kids, the refs, other people's kids... its simply insane. I had a mom stop speaking to me because my son "stole their spot" at center mid. I had another mom yell at me because her kid fouled my kid. I doubt, however, she will make that mistake again... I have no patience. And the football, basketball, and baseball parents are even worse.
I don't have problem with the age limitations because I understand the spirit in which they've been designed. Sometimes you have to protect folks from themselves but at the same time, abusive, crazy parents are going to behave that way regardless of the level their child is competing at... and sometimes when that child is technically old enough to fend for themselves, the adults around them give bad advice for selfish reasons... just look at Rachel Flatt at worlds.
11-23-2011, 08:35 PM
Oksana may have been only 16 but she skated as someone much older. She was mature as a skater at 15. Tara on the other hand did still look like a child even when she won the OGM. I don't think you can compare the two quite frankly.
11-27-2011, 07:24 PM
There's evidence, now. She said so during the interview on today's NBC broadcast. I agree that this a great jump layout for her, especially if she can put that combo together.
Originally Posted by jaylee