fearless girl

Fearless Girl is a bronze sculpture by Kristen Visbal … 

… meant to “send a message” about workplace gender diversity and encourage companies to recruit women to their boards. …

After a year of staring down Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” in New York City, the “Fearless Girl” is moving.

The defiant statute is moving just a few blocks away — and will now be permanently placed across the street from the New York Stock Exchange …


I liked her original location better. Challenging the bull.

NEW YORK, USA – MARCH 29: The “Fearless Girl” statue, a four-foot statue of a young girl, defiantly looks up the iconic Wall Street “Charging Bull” sculpture in New York City, United States on March 29, 2017. “Fearless Girl” statue was installed in front of the bronze “Charging Bull” for International Women’s Day earlier this month to draw attention to the gender pay gap and lack of gender diversity on corporate boards in the financial sector.
(Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

There’s a fearless girl now in Oslo, too.

Update – T notes that State Street Corporation, the firm that commissioned the popular “Fearless Girl” statue, “agreed to pay $5 million, mostly to settle claims that it discriminated against 305 top female employees by paying them less than men in the same positions.”


advice for College Gymnasts


– Sleep

– Nutrition Education and Fueling for Training / Performance

– Know yourself well, don’t assume you will respond to training or recover like your teammates

– Don’t be afraid to speak up

– Be a master of your schedule

– Be proactive and make choices to support your goals

– Don’t dwell on failures

– Lean on your teammates and available resources

College Gymnastics Survival Guide (PDF)

when girls lose confidence

In their tween and teenage years, girls become dramatically less self-assured—a feeling that often lasts through adulthood.

On the upside, girls who play sports are more successful in later life. …

The habit of what psychologists call rumination—essentially, dwelling extensively on negative feelings—is more prevalent in women than in men, and often starts at puberty. …

Our poll shows that from ages 8 to 14 boys are more likely than girls to describe themselves as confident, strong, adventurous, and fearless. …

Social media doesn’t help either, and its ill effects might hit girls harder than boys. …

There’s evidence that tweaking the status quo, and acclimating girls at this critical age to more risk taking and failure, makes a difference. Some of the most compelling data links participation in sports to professional success. …

It’s not only through athletics that young girls can gain confidence; sport is simply an organized and easily available opportunity to experience loss, failure, and resilience. But the same skills can be acquired by participating on a debate team, learning to cook, or speaking up on behalf of a cause like animal welfare

How Puberty Kills Girls’ Confidence

Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance – a review

Expecting to enjoy this book, it was even better than anticipated.

This book is must read for any Beam / Floor coach.

Life Is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance is a thankful celebration of Gymnastics, a refreshing respite in an era where conversations are often dominated by the crimes of an evil doctor.

Miss Val is one of the most successful College coaches all time. Yet, as a dancer, she doesn’t pretend to be a technical expert or biomechanist. Her specialities are artistry, musicality, dance and choreography. A non-gymnast, she became one of the greatest NCAA Beam coaches in history learning on the job.

Even more interesting to me is her skills set of all those MANY things that coaches need outside Gymnastics.

Miss Val is a case study on those MANY other things.

Surprisingly, I also recommend the book to non-Gymnastics readers. Life lessons for all. I learned a lot.

She discusses one issue I hadn’t seen addressed before: the awkward words ‘victim’ and ‘survivor’. She tells of Jordyn Wieber’s dislike of both words. I use victim as much as possible over survivor.

I loved the section on face tattoos. UCLA does NOT wear face tattoos. As an old dinosaur, I agree with Miss Val on this. Can we start phasing those out? Please.

For once an author openly admits her ghost writer is a contributor. That’s Steve Cooper, one of the GymCastic team.

Aly Raisman doesn’t do that, for example. Her co-author is journalist Blythe Lawrence.

I enjoyed hearing her team rules at UCLA. It’s a challenge to motivate young women away from home for the first time.

Miss Val didn’t talk enough about the high rate of injury in College Gymnastics, in my opinion. UCLA has had more than their share. I’ve always attributed that to her tendency to recruit Elite gymnasts over Level 10s. Elites tend to arrive with more injuries, I suspect.

Miss Val reads the audio book. It makes the content more personal. Get the audio version if you can.


what keeps Rosie going?

You’ve won Olympic Gold.


I love what I do — so why would I retire? – CBC Sports

When asked for advice, I always use the words of a pro climber, “chase the dream, love the journey.”

Ellie Black on Worlds


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World championships 2018 is finished! It has been a long but great year. Beyond excited and proud of my team and all our accomplishments in Doha! So much history was made for Canada and will continue in the future! You don’t always have the exact performances you want but I know I gave it my all for my team, coaches and country and for that I am proud. Beyond thankful to have had yet another opportunity to represent Canada doing the sport I love so much! 🇨🇦💕 Massive thank you to all our coaches, therapists, and GCG team for making sure we had everything we needed to be at our best. I am so appreciative of all the hard work and time you put into this process. And as always thank you to our family, friends and everyone at home cheering us on 💕 Time for some rest and recovery but I can’t wait to get back out there next year! 👊🏻🤟🏻#teamcanada #dohagym2018 #worldchampionships #gymnasticsisfun #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #thankful

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Xiao Ruoteng gracious on tie break

Thanks everyone for all the support and help. I can feel the positive energy you gave to me.

… I did a great job today. I am very satisfied with my performance. The silver medal is also good considering last year I already took the gold. It’s always not bad to end second ….

I respect the judges’ decisions and I also respect other competitors. They also did great today. …

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