gymnasts still love Gymnastics

The love of gymnastics still runs deep among the thousands of young girls who streamed into suburban Chicago’s Sears Centre Arena this weekend to cheer reigning world all-around champion Morgan Hurd and other rising stars at the 2018 American Cup. …

At the Safe Sport booth, eight-foot-tall banners displayed the toll-free number (1-833-844-SAFE) and email address ( for reporting abuse. Brochures about child sexual abuse prevention were free for the taking, as were copies of USA Gymnastics’ beefed-up Safe Sport policy, which requires all members to immediately report instances of abuse. …

Rhonda Faehn:

“You have to let the athlete at a very young age understand and know that they can — and it’s important that they do — learn to communicate and speak up,” said Faehn, a former elite gymnast who coached 13 seasons at Florida. “It’s not only okay, but the best gymnastics results from a teamwork of communication.”

Athlete empowerment wasn’t the hallmark of the command-and-control coaching style of the Romanian husband-and-wife tandem of Bela and Martha Karolyi …

As USA Gymnastics promises to change in post-Nassar world, love for the sport remains

All good.

But, like many others, I’m still wondering what happens when USAG is hit in court with their first multi-million dollar payout to an athlete.

The organization doesn’t have many millions of dollars in their budget.

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Rick Mc

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

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