… Competition is neither good nor bad; it is we who make it one or the other. It is what we choose to focus on when talking about competition that alters the outcome positively or negatively for the kids who are competing. …
Where competition gets tricky is when we are too focused on winning and not sufficiently focused on the process. When we place greater emphasis on the result than we do on the road to get the result …
… competition can be destructive when a child believes that his or her value as a human being is tied to his or her ability to win. Parents who withhold affection if a child performs poorly or who lavish on praise and gifts if the child does well send the message that their child’s worth is from his or her performance. …
• height wasn’t a statistically significant predictor for E scores in Baku
• weight wasn’t a statistically significant predictor for E scores
• neither height nor weight was a statistically significant predictor for D scores
* If the data supplied by the delegations is correct, we have a wide range of heights and weights. We have someone as tall as Gabriela Janik (169 cm) and someone as short as Laura Jurca (140 cm). As for weight, we’re looking at weights from 35kg to 72kg.
He concludes with an overreaching statement: “Smaller isn’t better. Lighter isn’t better.”
That’s wrong, of course. Relative strength IS critical for success in women’s Gymnastics. Correlation is not causation, as everyPhD knows.
There are many variables aside from height and weight.
You must be either strong or light. Ideally both. Being smaller and lighter make the acrobatic components easier. It’s a disadvantage for vault. A slight disadvantage on Bars.
Still, the easiest way to become Olympic Champion is to be short, light and fast twitch.
It’s possible to win the Olympics at Nastia Liukin’s height 5ft 3in (1.60m), but ask her if Gymnastics is as easy for her as it is for the shorter girls.
But our good Uncle’s main point is important. I am convinced that height and weight (within the small range of female gymnasts who compete at the highest level) is not as critical as it once was. I’m not sure why.
The USA is the greatest nation in the world. But gets plenty of criticism too. It’s a big target.
Good things don’t tend to get as much press as bad stories. Here’s a good story.
1999 USA World Championships Team Member Chris Young credits his first coach, Bob Kohut, with shaping his gymnastics career. And his life.
It’s been 15 years since Chris Young retired from competitive gymnastics. Nevertheless, the inspiring story of how he overcame long odds to become a world-class gymnast never gets old.
Young, who was born and raised in Winston-Salem, was introduced to the sport by Big Brother/Big Sisters volunteer Ron Brown. Initially, the sport seemed to be an odd fit for a black youngster who didn’t grow up in the suburbs. …
As a sports parent, I will remember that the No. 1 goal of youth sports is to have fun.
I will tell my child to “have fun” without adding any ifs, ands or buts. I will not say to my child, “Have fun … but if you don’t score a goal, find your own ride home.”
As a sports parent, I will support my child in positive ways. …
Through youth sports, my child will learn commitment to a team. I will make sure my child is on time to practices and games. If my child cannot make a game or practice due to family obligations or illness, we will let the coach know as soon as possible. …
I may not be at every practice, and that is OK. I will see more improvement over time if I’m not scrutinizing every drill and workout. …