Nastia v Alica for mental health

Who’s the fitter gymnast in 2020?

Alicia has 3 kids — but I wouldn’t bet against her legendary fitness.

The Olympians have scheduled a Fun, Friendly Fitness Competition for Dec. 12, 2020.

A LIVE stream ticket costs $19. It’s a fundraiser for mental health.

Details –

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Aimee Boorman interview

For the 100th episode of his podcast, Dave Tilley interviewed Simones coach.

I recommend it.

Ariella Käslin’s story

Ariella Käslin is a 2008 Olympian voted Swiss Sportswoman of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

I recall being disappointed when Ariella retired 2011. She seemed still top of her game.

She later wrote a memoir detailing her exhaustion, related depression, and concerns with former Swiss National Coach Eric Demay who was let go April 2007.

Read it on gymnovosti:


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Journal To Inspire Young Gymnasts

Bulgarian Olympians Dima Raynova and Silvia Topalova have teamed up again, this time to create and publish The POWER in the Hour, a journal and tracker designed to motivate, guide and inspire female and male gymnasts ages 8 to18. …

The journal has quotes, inspirations and stories from all over the world. … There’s also room for writing down reflections, goals and dreams. …

There are several sections that the kids can fill out: healthy habits such as sleeping patterns, food, and other things, goals they want to achieve and how they’ll achieve them, academic activities, books they’re reading, outdoor activities, family and friends time, how they help at home, reflection of their week and improvements. …

Bulgarian Olympians Team Up On Journal To Inspire Young Gymnasts


coach Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso is an American sports comedy.

Very funny.

I only started watching Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ because Ted is a coach.

He had success with American Div II Wichita State Shockers College football and is recruited to coach an English Premier League team, AFC Richmond, despite having no experience in association football.

It’s a feel good positive story.

Personally, Brendan Hunt as Coach Beard, Lasso’s longtime taciturn assistant and friend, steals the show for me.

It’s been renewed for a second season.

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Matt Sparks shared this video, much related to one of the movie themes.

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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

Sports Parents Promise

  As a positive sports parent, I make these promises to my child(ren): 

 Star I promise to listen to you if you have any concerns about your sport 

 Star I promise to learn how your club keeps you safe and what I can do to help 

Star I promise to make sure that I set a good example and support you (and your teammates) in a positive way