She talks about choosing Florida … over Utah and Georgia. Bridget Sloan won 3 Championships with the Gators. Everyone expected her to go to Georgia.
She speaks about her coach Marvin Sharp for the first time.
When she first heard about his suicide in 2015 — while a College Gymnastics superstar — she was confused and angry. Bridget broke her phone in frustration.
Her Mom thought she should come home to Indiana. Bridget refused.
Her parents felt betrayed too.
In fact, she felt guilty that she’d had such a good career with Marvin Sharp. Good memories over the 20 years. Bridget was not a victim of her coach. She looked up to Marvin as a second father.
At the time Bridget decided to stay quiet. She did speak to Sam Peszek about it at the time. Sam had also trained with Marvin Sharp after the Olympics.
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The criminal doctor’s victimized the daughter of a close family friend. It started when Kyle Stephens was age-6.
She was not a gymnast. This was not fake medical treatments.
Kyle’s father refused to believe her. As a result, she hated her father for years. They finally reconciled before his death.
Very ill, Kyle’s Dad took his own life in 2016.
Kyle Stephens was first to testify.
Listen to episode 8 online. But know that it’s disturbing.
One former J.O. / College gymnast posted the sad story of her career on a series of Instagram posts.
We were all at the mercy of a coach’s mood on any given day. …
She was a former elite, always unhappy and extremely negative. …
Start on this post. Click forward on the arrow to read it.
Inside the Games has an overview article posted in conjunction with the FIG Congress Baku.
Parkour, Athletes’ Commission, Fujitsu judging support system, Gymnastics Ethics Foundation, and more.
Most member nations are in Baku as FIG is funding most of the travel costs.
In July 2010, the United Nations Children’s Fund (“UNICEF”) reported that: “During recent years, however, it has become evident that sport is not always a safe space for children, and that the same types of violence and abuse sometimes found in families and communities can also occur in sport and play programmes. …
On Nov. 20, 2018, declared World Children’s Day, UNICEF released its first-ever youth sports guidelines, in a document called Children’s Rights in Sport Principles …
Expectations for Sports Organizations, Educational Institutions, and Coaches:
Commit to Respect and Support the Rights of Children
Consider Balanced Growth of Children through Sports
Protect Children from the Risks of Sports
Protect the Health of Children
Develop Governance System to Protect the Rights of Children
Ensure Understanding and Engagement by Adults Involved with Children and Sports
UNICEF Targets Abuses in Youth Sports Globally
The report mentions Nassar.
Still a long way to go, especially with Muslim member nations.
But it’s headed in the right direction.
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… the judge ordered the TTGF (Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation) to compensate Williams for its decision to withdraw her from representing this country in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and instead replace her with Canadian-born alternate Marisa Dick. …
TT Gymnastics Federation ordered to compensate Thema Williams
I’m surprised to see this ruling.
In many sports any athlete can be replaced by Federations for many reasons. Can a judge rule on whether or not an athlete should be withdrawn?
That said, I was in Rio for the Olympic Test Meet podium training. Thema did not look injured to me at the time.
TTGF might appeal, of course. I doubt they have $200k in the bank.
related – Justice for Thema: Gymnast wins lawsuit against TTGF