How much more can a gymnast take. Our optional team has had a tough year and we may be at the end of Gymbabis career now. First our coach died unexpectedly, that was horrible, and she wanted to quit then. One of the compulsory coaches was able to get her to keep trying for a while. The gym changed hands and the new owner (a good friend) brought in a great optional coach. In the weeks that she worked with them I saw all the optional team girls make huge improvements and they were believing in themselves again. The new coach was supposed to return to her old home long enough to pack up for a more permanent move to our area, she left last friday, and has now apparently decided not to come back. These girls were already wounded, now they are completely heartbroken. None of them want to keep going, and I can't blame them. Gymbabi doesn't even want to go for another couple of weeks to see if we can get another coach. I wouldn't want to keep opening up for that kind of disappointment either. They feel like they did something wrong and all the assurances you can give as parents don't mean squat when they were the ones who got deserted.