Many coaches are still in shock after hearing about the injury to Taylor Lindsay-Noel from Seneca Gymnastics in Toronto. Seneca has been one of the top clubs in Canada for decades. Yet they still had a catastrophic injury.
Coaches everywhere must do all they can to prevent this kind of thing happening in their gyms.
Parents and gymnasts, too, must be aware of the dangers of advanced gymnastics. It’s more dangerous than most other sports.
Most of the media does focus on Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin and the stars who succeed. A combination of talent, luck, timing and good coaching. Let’s not forget the many athletes â€” some equally talented â€” who did not achieve their dreams. Or died trying.
From video editor nade00 from Australia:
A montage about the sad stories in gymnastics. I cannot even imagine the pain of training your whole life for a dream then having it taken away.
Footage includes Julissa Gomez, Christy Henrich and Yelena Mukhina, whose stories are perhaps the greatest examples of tragedy in gymnastics.
Also included is Sang Lan, who is a very inspiring amd courageous woman. She has managed to keep a positive outlook on life and do many great things. She hopes to be one of the final torchbearers at next year’s Beijing Olympic Games.
The other gymnasts I chose becasue they were perhaps the best examples of gymnasts forced to retire in their prime, or before their career even really began.
I also included those who never lived up to expectations, those supposed to be the next big thing who were then forced to watch their dreams slip away in the spotlight.
REST IN PEACE:
The song is ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ by the Verve.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (WARNING – this video is graphic and very depressing)
After watching that I had to remind myself that the girls in my gym are safer there than at Physical Education class at school. That they are safer at the gym than in the car driving to the gym.
Still …, these tragic stories are an important reminder to be even more cautious in training.