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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    So Kyla is the only gal still competing?
    Maroney also is competing -- and winning .

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    Congrats two-time Olympic medalist @McKaylaMaroney on earning the vault and floor titles at the 2013 #PGChamps! pic.twitter.com/3iCCaN0otS
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    https://twitter.com/USOlympic/status/368920746795339777

    "After roughly six months back in the gym, Maroney only competed on floor and vault — a wise move considering she won national titles on both events Saturday night."

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    That's wonderful to hear! Good for McKayla.

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    I don't consider myself a huge fan of gymnastics, so my opinion may be worth less...

    But I think the balance beam would be the scariest. It's terribly skinny, and the girls do very acrobatic flips and leaps on it. I'm always afraid one of them is going to slip on one of these moves, say a flip, and bang her head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    where is Gabby? didn't she say she was heading for another Olympics? ...
    Gabby Douglas leaves longtime coach, base in Iowa
    Bryce Miller, USA TODAY Sports
    9:41 p.m. EDT August 21, 2013
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...ories=obinsite

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    Douglas has moved to Los Angeles to join her family, leaving those who follow the star coach and the 17-year-old celebrity to wonder what it could mean for a bid by Douglas to compete in the 2016 Games.
    No matter what the future holds for both, it appears unlikely Douglas will call Chow coach again.
    "At this point, I don't think so," said Liwen Zhuang, Chow's wife and co-owner of the training facility. "No."
    The move by Douglas, who had resumed post-Olympics training at the Iowa gym in May, was as surprising to Chow, apparently, as it was sudden.
    Douglas visited the gym Monday to tell the coach who molded and mentored her during a two-gold run at the London Olympics that she was leaving to join her family in California.

    Bryce Miller writes for the Des Moines Register, a Gannett affiliate.

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    Wow! A surprise. I can see how Gabby would not want to keep to the same grind away from her family now that she's won everything she could dream of. Whether this short-circuits any future hopes of competing at that level again is almost irrelevant right now. She needs to have other things in her life.

    I'm impressed that she went to tell Mr. Chow in person. That is very considerate and empathetic.

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    I just read the second article. A nauseating abuse of power. I must say, Johar, that I've often thought (and I'm not alone) that the danger in gymnastics comes largely from the facts that the gymnasts in questions are usually girls, and that they're generally very young. They're too young to be able to make mature judgments about what is too perilous to do, so they'll do anything they're asked to do. I know that coaches of teenaged guys can get very rough and abusive in terms of language, but even the burliest football coach cannot literally loom over his team members and make them feel like hobbits facing a dragon. And in absolutist environments, where the tradition is not to question authority, the dangers are magnified a thousandfold.

    Of course, this particular situation is an extreme case, where the coach physically attacked the child, but I'm sure there are lesser instances of bullying, perhaps with some physical elements, in many gymnastics programs around the world. If a coach can produce results for a federation, I'm not sure the federation's officials will ask too many questions about the coach's methods.

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    How utterly awful. I think it's proof that it's 'normal' as only 1 other coach attempted to stop the abuse. IMHO, no coach should physically abuse players. I can understand insults to some extent because players will need to deal with jeering from the crowds, etc. Even then, there are limits.

    I'm pretty sure all sports have some coaches who believe in belittling and bullying their students. This past Fall, there was the scandal at Rutgers where coaches were filmed verbally and physically abusing the basketball players. The players pretty much felt that this was 'normal'.

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    In the mid-1990s there was a landmark book called Little Girls in Pretty Boxes.

    http://www.amazon.com/Little-Girls-P.../dp/0446676829

    It dealt specifically with gymnasts and skaters, though I seem to remember that it concentrated more on gymnastics. (Though a milestone book, it has been outdated in some respects. One big one: the author lamented the eclipse of Michelle Kwan in favor of a younger, more spritelike Tara Lipinski. The author had no way to know that Kwan would endure triumphantly for another decade, even though she was a giant at five foot two inches, and become a mature artist.) The book told some heartrending stories of girls damaged in large ways and small by the constant need for tiny, skinny sprites in these two sports. Fortunately, since the writing of this book, age limits have been placed on both sports, so things are a bit better for both gymnasts and skaters at the Olympic level. (I think this book helped turn the tide; it had significant popularity in its early years in print.)

    When I see the powerful physiques of gymnasts such as Aly Raisman, Shawn Johnson, and Jordyn Wieber, I feel more reassured that there is room in the Olympics for elite gymnasts who are not little wisps. But when I see the Chinese gymnastics team, I feel just as sad today as I did when I first read Little Girls in Pretty Boxes.

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    Bela is a pig. I have read above articles with shock after reading excerpts on Amazon re book Olympia mentioned. Wow. Don't think I'll follow gymnastics any more. Far worse than I thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    Bela is a pig. I have read above articles with shock after reading excerpts on Amazon re book Olympia mentioned. Wow. Don't think I'll follow gymnastics any more. Far worse than I thought.
    It's no different than the horror stories that Jenny and other lady skaters have in recent years recounted in articles and blog posts. Women's sports deals with it in just about every sport, not just skating and gymnastics. (I am not saying its right, I'm just saying it's more common than we'd like to think about)

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