This interview with Geno Auriemma, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, UConn has gone viral. Millions of views.
Though gymnasts are amongst the most humble of all athletes, this is still an important message for coaches.
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Over and over again people keep asking how Larry Nassar got away with what he did for so long.
Many elite gymnasts are irrationally dedicated. They are literally brainwashed.
Recall Goldman’s dilemma? Athletes were asked if they were willing to die in 5 years for sporting success NOW. Many said yes.
1992 Olympian Wendy Bruce Martin (who never worked with Nassar) reflects back on what she was willing to do for Olympic qualification:
I was willing to give anything to gymnastics and I was willing to give everything. …
As long as I could perform my skills, I was willing to ignore the advice from my Doctor. When my Doctors told me to take time off of gymnastics to heal, I didn’t. …
There wasn’t much I wouldn’t do to make the Olympics. When I needed to lose a little weight, I took the cheap and easy way out. Bulimia was my little secret. I was Bulimic for about a year and a half before the Olympics. …
The Cult Culture of Gymnastics
Parents and coaches need be aware that dedication can be psychosis. Mental health is as important as physical health.
Coaches should review this article with their athletes.
Sport Psychologist Rebecca Smith posted an excellent, detailed breakdown of ways to overcome fear of failure.
Examples of Controllables:
Examples of Let-go-ables:
Playing time/competition order
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The hero in Rio.
“That was amazing,” teammate Fabian Hambüchen said. “It’s an honour to have someone like him on the team.”
German gymnast Andreas Toba’s extraordinary act of sacrifice
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Many teams use personalized music in training and at home meets.
When Hayley Sanders steps up to the balance beam and the booming beat of Lil Mama’s 2007 hit “Lip Gloss” resonates through Stegeman Coliseum, the crowd knows it’s in for a treat.
As a spark of energy quickly spreads through the arena, Sanders begins her routine. She sees it as her moment to contribute to a successful team performance.
“I only hear it for like the first, maybe, 15 seconds, and then I block everything out,” Sanders said. …
Red & Black – Music helps Georgia gymnasts conquer the beam
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Despite injuries, they are finding a way to get it done.
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I would have headed for the ice bath. Sydney got back up and competed. #respect
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Many gyms don’t pad the pillar of the vault horse. Here’s a good example of why it’s important.