Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics’ Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams

This yet-to-be-released book should sell a kerzillion copies. In the Olympic year.

It’s written by Jennifer Sey, ex-Parkette gymnast. Recall the name?

At her first major international meet, the 1985 World Championships, Jennifer Sey fell off the uneven bars and broke her femur (one of the bones in the leg). At the time, she was not being spotted by her coach because the official rules prevented coaches from being on the podium during routines. As a result of this injury, the rules were changed to allow spotting (though not at Olympic competition).

Whatever Happened to Jennifer Sey

I’m suspicious. Suspicious because it’s easy to dog pile on Parkettes after the brutal CNN documentary about the club called Achieving The Perfect 10.

Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams


On the other hand, it’s getting some praise:

“Chalked Up pulls no punches…Sey’s writing is brilliant…offering perceptive psychoanalysis of everyone in her isolated world…Chalked Up is proof that she still has alot of guts.”
— International Gymnast

“She has eloquently and fairly exposed a dark side to our sport that parents have long needed to be made aware of.”
— Dominique Moceanu, Olympic Gold Medal Winning Gymnast

Harper Collins

I’ll buy a copy when it comes out in 3 months. And suspend judgment until then.

(via a new blog The Olympic Effect)

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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