Gymnasts locked out again

Life is pretty much back to normal for clubs in New Zealand and Korea.

But in places where COVID-19 numbers are rapidly increasing, some governments are again restricting Gymnastics classes.

That’s a shame as coaches know that our facilities can be as safe as anywhere.

Hang in there. Stay safe.

clubs shutting down again

It seems to me that Gymnastics clubs have proven very successful in NOT spreading COVID-19.

In November 2020 the greatest risk is from young people and social events, not individual sports halls.

Unfortunately, in many parts of the world restrictions are being imposed again and successful clubs are suffering. COVID sucks — but targeted lockdowns are the best of bad options if hospitals get swamped.

In Canada, however, we had one dance studio come down with at least 36 students and teachers infected.

Hang in there. Stay safe. We are all counting on a successful vaccine in the near future.

Gymnastics called ‘legal child abuse’

Michiel de Hoog writes about sport for De Correspondent in Netherlands.

Though no Gymnastics expert, de Hoog put together a very damning article on the culture of elite women’s Gymnastics.

There are some specifics overstated. No examples at all of any elite gymnasts who feel they didn’t suffer child abuse. But his main point is hard to refute.

Best read it for yourself.

Women’s gymnastics has a decades-old, reform-resistant culture of abuse. It’s hard to see a solution when child abuse isn’t an exception in women’s gymnastics – it’s the logical consequence.

Why women’s gymnastics is legal child abuse

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Defying Gravity – part 5

This is the criminal doctor episode.

Kathy Johnson is always good. But it’s Dominique who’s most eloquent of many gymnasts interviewed.

Jordyn Wieber too. She recalls that the Ranch was closed the day after Simone said she didn’t want to go back to the place of all that sexual abuse.

Olga Korbut calls her former coach a monster.

In part five of our documentary series, survivors of abuse describe the culture that allowed a USA Gymnastics physician and many dozens of other coaches and officials to take advantage of athletes, and explain how they’re using their voices and the life skills that gymnastics taught them to reclaim their sport.

You MIGHT be able to watch Defying Gravity free weekly with ads — or watch all episodes uninterrupted with YouTube Premium.

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Alecia Ingram #GymnastAlliance

Alecia Ingram was a 4 year National Team member. (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99)

At various times she trained at Cypress under Deana Parish and Debbie Kaitschuck, at Dynamo, at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, with Don Peters at SCATS, and at Parkettes.

In College she competed for Nebraska and University of Florida, finishing in the autumn of 2003.

Alecia recounts a LOT of bad experiences in this sad, sad post.