when judges fear to watch

You try not to watch warm-ups because there’s no point in premature scrutiny, but the signs are unavoidable: flat approach. Oh-so-slow repulsion off the table. Heavily taped feet. The coach heaving over a stack of mats and flipping the girl, who lands on her knees.

Your ankles are already cringing.

The scary Tsuk is frighteningly ubiquitous at any given Level 8 meet, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. “Let’s go!” the coach yells, clapping, and the teammates chime in. …

Couch Gymnast – The Secret Lives of Judges


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Rick Mc

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

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