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    For Parents Why are you still in gymnastics?

    Please don't flame me as this is not a troll thread, I'm genuinely interested. Over the years I've noticed a huge amount of threads here pertain to all the short comings of every aspect of gymnastics. The physical, mental, emotional abuse, horrible coaches, mean people, the sanctioning bodies...
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    Kim Zmeskal-Burdette gets called out ( #gymnastalliance )

    ' I read long ago about the trash cans around the gym for girls to throw up in due to the conditioning.' Yes, but that was a VERY long time ago. I would like to think that is no longer the case. They would condition in the back corner of the gym, it was hot and intense and sometimes that would...
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    For Parents Would you report emotional abuse -- has anything really changed?

    ' Some would say you are attempting to gaslight me right now' WOW! Had to Google that one! OMG, that takes crazy to a whole new level! That's such the norm unfortunately these days. Try and have a calm exchange of ideas with someone until they disagree and out comes the character assassination...
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    For Parents Would you report emotional abuse -- has anything really changed?

    Wow, sorry to hear of your situation, that's a tough one. It hits close to home for me as I had a very 'good' (nationally awarded) coach working for me and she was flat mean! We fought like cats and dogs over it and I would ask her 'do you even like kids!?' The kids would go home in tears more...
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    For Parents Would you report emotional abuse -- has anything really changed?

    ' Why would you assume that I am talking about challenges, structure, discipline, excellence, hard work, goals, when I referred to it as emotional abuse? By minimizing what I called emotional abuse' (The point I was trying to make is that not all girls feel they are being abused, it's a matter...
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    For Parents Would you report emotional abuse -- has anything really changed?

    ' it doesn't address retaliation which is the big problem. I am talking about coaches who do have the power to limit a gymnast's future in the sport (and will use it) ' (I'll have to take your word for that as I'm not familiar with it. My girls have gotten numerous scholarships over the years...
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    For Parents Would you report emotional abuse -- has anything really changed?

    ' emotional abuse is hard to define and therefore hard to punish ' (well said, that it is. As far as filing a report, if you waited long enough to warrant one of those, you waited way too long! Shouldn't take but a time or two for you or your child to realize that that isn't the right...
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    For Parents Would you report emotional abuse -- has anything really changed?

    Wow, where do you guys find all these articles??? I must be living in a cave luckily, never heard or seen any of them. Here is an unpopular answer. Leave. Yep, plain and simple if you feel that any coach in any way is hurting or abusing your child, leave. Different coaches have different...
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    For Parents Between levels...what would you do?

    From my view as an owner, it's a no brainer. If you think your child is bored of her level, it's not even close to how bored she would be sitting there getting no medals at awards! It's my job as a coach to see that the kids are always successful and up training at the same time. I couldn't...
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    For Parents Tuition During the Pandemic

    I didn't charge during the closure as I saw no way to justify it and I didn't do any Zoom classes as I felt the participation and benefit would be minimal. However, I had many wonderful families that voluntarily continued to pay throughout and two others that made out of pocket donations to help...
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    Thoughts on Svetlana Khorkina interview?

    'Just because someone holds a belief sincerely does not mean the rest of us are obligated to take that belief seriously.' (Absolutely correct, and no one said you should. I was merely saying that people should truly listen to other people and consider their point of view before passing...
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    Thoughts on Svetlana Khorkina interview?

    ' If someone’s agenda is a safe environment for gymnasts (as it should be for anyone involved in the sport when it comes to the topic of abuse) I am not sure that is something anyone should be aspiring to ‘put down’ in a quest for enlightenment.' (I didn't read the article that closely as I...
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    Thoughts on Svetlana Khorkina interview?

    ' but your current take on giving Khorkina a pass on victim shaming' (listening to someone's view that is different from yours is now considered giving them a pass?? If Svetlana hasn't earned the right to talk about and give her opinion on gymnastics, then I'm not sure who has. Having said that...
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    Thoughts on Svetlana Khorkina interview?

    ' She makes no valid points. Not one.' (for YOU, and that's fine, but keep that distinction.) ' So I hope that was raw enough for you to find my views equally "refreshing". ' (I wouldn't call them 'refreshing' as they are common, typical, and expected, but they are hopefully yours and not made...
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    Thoughts on Svetlana Khorkina interview?

    Yes, I read it with an open mind. If people can get past the impulse for a knee jerk reaction and being careful of ethnocentrism, she makes some very good points to consider. Most people would probably say she is crass, but I just say she is Svetlana. I don't need her thoughts and feelings to be...
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