new film – teen molested by a coach

… Writer-director Jennifer Fox dives into the sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager, and proceeds to interrogate her own memories with unflinching clarity. …

In the age of #MeToo, The Tale shows how every story of sexual abuse is unique …

The Tale, about a teen molested by a coach, is Sundance’s most unexpectedly vital film

Laura Dern plays the victim as an adult, Isabel Nelisse the teen.

The teen comes to terms with sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her running coach. At the time — age 13 — she believed it was a romantic relationship.

By coincidence Isabel Nelisse was a gymnast at Gymnix, as was her sister Sophie.

Thanks GML.

Oklahoma, LSU, Utah

Week 3 current rankings.

related – A FAMILY FIGHT:

Courage & Strength. Faith & Fight.

Those are the four words, along with the initials DR, emblazoned on a patch worn on the sleeve of the OU women’s gymnastics team’s warmup tops … In the middle is a blue ribbon to represent colon cancer.

The initials stand for Dave Richardson, the husband of the team athletic trainer, Jenn. Dave was diagnosed with cancer in June 2016 and the team immediately rallied around the man they refer to as their “Norman dad.” …

Thanks Sue.

Doc Ali apologizes for briefly supporting Nassar

The day the Jane Doe lawsuit was filed, I talked to a very distraught Larry Nassar. He told me that he was so sad that the two athletes that had filed suit has mistaken the “procedure” he had done to them as a abuse. He claimed that it was a justified medical procedure by the National Osteopathic Association and he had lectured about it many times. He was crying on the phone.

I felt sad for a colleague I had worked with for 20 years and later that day I posted, “Sending love and support” on his Facebook page. I now know that Larry was a master manipulator but at the time I felt compassion towards him. …

Ali Arnold 

No doubt many of his past colleagues are feeling the same way right now.

Christian Gallardo has a new coaching videos site


This page is dedicated to the reinvention of Gymnastics CCC (Gymnastics Coaching, Clinics, and Consulting). When I first started Gymnastics CCC my goal was to help the gymnastics community through shared knowledge. However, after getting more requests then I could commit to I realized that I’d have to find a more efficient way to share what I have learned.

This is where Patreon comes in. …

On this page I will post bi-weekly videos sharing my insight with videos, drills, and speeches taught and recorded by me on all sorts of gymnastics subjects. From coaching philosophies, to techniques and specifics like, which grips I suggest. There will be forums for coaches to bounce ideas off of each other, get to know each other and grow together. There will be guest speakers and contributors, giveaways and unique one-on-one consulting opportunities.

$15 or more / month is the start-up membership fee.


John Geddert suspended – unofficial

John Geddert, U.S. women’s gymnastics coach for the gold-medal-winning 2012 Olympic team in London, has been suspended by USA Gymnastics until it completes an investigation, sources have told Outside the Lines.

Geddert, the most decorated women’s gymnastics coach in Michigan history, has operated two gyms that employed Larry Nassar, …

USA Gymnastics is the sport’s governing body, and under its policies, Geddert can request a review of his suspension; he did not respond to requests for comment. USA Gymnastics declined immediate comment. …


Parilla, Binder, Bitsy Kelley resign

USA Gymnastics:

USA Gymnastics Board of Directors executive leadership – Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley – tendered their resignations, effective January 21, 2018. The Board of Directors will identify an interim chairperson until a permanent selection is named.

Kerry Perry, President and CEO, USA Gymnastics:

“USA Gymnastics thanks Paul Parilla, Jay Binder and Bitsy Kelley for their many years of service to this organization. We support their decisions to resign at this time. We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization.

“As the board identifies its next chair and fills the vacant board positions, we remain focused on working every day to ensure that our culture, policies and actions reflect our commitment to those we serve.”

NY Times:

Mark Jones, a spokesman for the U.S.O.C., said that top Olympic committee officials met with Parilla on Jan. 11 to ask him to resign.

The Olympic committee has decertified other federations in the past for mismanagement, stripping them of their authority as the national governing bodies. Mr. Blackmun’s statement did not indicate that the committee deemed that necessary in this case. …

Three U.S.A. Gymnastics Board Members Resign

MUST read – Miss Val on the USAG

Since 1982 I have coached 46 former U.S. National team members, and have garnered the trust of countless more. I have witnessed the physical and emotional pain these athletes have struggled with after their elite careers ended and they became collegiate athletes. …

The names of the coaches/abusers changed a little over the decades, but the stories were identical. Stories of verbal, emotional and physical abuse that were simply the way of life for an aspiring elite gymnast.

How has this perverse culture of abusive power festered for so many decades?

In listening to all of the brave women who have come forward in the courtroom to confront Nassar, I can’t escape the thought that while he is a mentally deranged pedophile, he is not the head of the monster. The monster is the Culture of USA Gymnastics. Abusive behavior is the example the Karolyis cultivated. …

Time’s Up USAG

Long Horse News – FUNNY

Have you seen the hilarious Instagram account called Long Horse News?

Instantly follow longhorsenews.

The NCAA Women's Gymnastics Committee decided it was sick and tired of seeing gymnasts not bend their backs far enough after completing their routines. "These are elite-level athletes," said one of the committee members, "They should be expected to bend their backs at angles of 120, 145, even 160 degrees upon completion of their routine." In effect immediately, a new rule requires athletes to reach a bare minimum of 90 degrees worth of back-bend, or they will face a large 3 tenth deduction. When asked whether deductions for more important aspects of the routine should be considered (such as actually deducting floor landing errors), the committee responded by stating that the final score should be influenced more by the "abstract idea of gymnastics as a concept" than the quality of the actual gymnastics itself. As more competitions roll around this weekend, lookout for gymnasts specifically ensuring they meet this new standard. For more NCAA gymnastics news, follow @longhorsenews

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