Luba says Valentina was atypically nice and lucid during Europeans. 😀
Of course Russia had a great meet.
Q: Did this competition decide the Olympic team’s roster?
A: We have Nagornyy, Belyavskiy, and Kartsev here who will sure be on the team, although no one’s safe from injuries. But Kartsev for now is among these four, same as Dalaloyan whose recovery we’re counting on. Even if Artur won’t be able to compete on all six events – his signature events are floor and vault – we’re still take him for four events. …
Q: It’s hard to understand how ready are the American, Japanese, Chinese gymnasts now. There are no competitions and there’s very little information about the rivals.
A: Have you seen Biles? What is there even to say? She’s 70% of the American team, you remove her and we will easily beat them. …
Thomas Curran and Andrew Hill’s meta-analysis of rates of perfectionism from 1989 to 2016, the first study to compare perfectionism across generations, found significant increases among more recent undergraduates in the US, UK and Canada.
In other words, the average college student last year was much more likely to have perfectionistic tendencies than a student in the 1990s or early 2000s. …
Perfectionistic tendencies have been linked to clinical issues: depression and anxiety (even in children), self-harm, social anxiety disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, hoarding, dyspepsia, chronic headaches, and, most damning of all, even early mortality and suicide.
Social media has likely compounded some of those problems.
SO — coaches should not encourage kids to be perfect.