Saturday, May 29, 2010

OVERNIGHT NEWSLETTER.......


(Sorry Youna- I couldn't resist!)

It is clearly not the time of the season to go away- not even for the night!

Well, while I was gone, KristinaVaculik cleaned up on the event finals at the Canadian Champs, except floor where my other favorite Canadian, Dom Pegg, scored gold gold.  Nice to see Bianca Dancose Giambattista rake in a couple of medals too.  She has had some International experience this year, and is fighting well for a place on the worlds team.
On more of a downside, Sydney Sawa's 14th place does not bode well for her Freshman year at UCLA.  I don't know if she is injured, but getting into the Bruin lineup next year is going to be some seriously hard work, so she needs to look more competitive than that.

And to think I asked what Sui Lu has been up to these days!  Well now I know, winning the Chinese national all-around title.  Good girl!  I can't wait to check out if she has a new floor.  I loved her last one.
Deng Linlin only came fifth and Yang Yilin, sadly, only placed fifth on bars.  Hmm.

A reader linked to that article about British gymnast Rebecca Owen (Thanks MTSF!) who has sued her coach.  The Commonwealth silver medallist apparently was forced to train on a fractured back and is now, at 23 in constant pain.  She will, apparently, be unable to bear a child naturally because of it.  Owen's interview is one of those which, despite wanting to believe the gymnastics world is squeaky clean and without the worries that invaded the world with the emergence of pixie gymnasts and books like Little Girls in Pretty Boxes and Chalked Up, the kind that leaves little doubts niggling in the corner of your mind that for all the gymnasts out there who are treated responsibly and well, there are plenty that might not be.  And for the sake of what?

Food for thought, though.  A reader put in this comment;

The original source of this story was a newspaper article in which the gymnast was PAID for her story, and the coaches version of events are not represented at all, as the legal case is still ongoing.

Becky's mother was heavily involved with her gymnastics career and will have known about her back injury. She watched the majority of becky's workouts.

She had six months off at the time of her injury, and her rehabilitation and re entry into training was under the supervision of medical staff.

The stills are highly respected gymnastics coaches within the UK, and are not 'known' for being harsh with injurys.



Interesting....


Another reader, who told me I have jumped the gun


Sadly Becky she had an injury in training. Her mother was certainly aware of the injury, the coaches worked with the national team medical staff and she had intensive rehabilitation. Unfortunately she never recovered. This case is all about financial implications. Perhaps you should provide a link for your readers to this article from around the time the injury first occurred, giving a slightly different viewpoint from Becky:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/article1145956.ece



I would like to point out that I have in no way said that what is in this article is the gospel truth, and if you look closely the only thing I actually said was there were gymnasts who "might" not be treated well.  I understand these are mere allegations- they happen all the time. I didn't think I was being judge and jury on this matter particularly.  Thanks though, for providing more information!


According to the Gym Examiner- Youna Dufournet has twisted her knee.  It is not further meniscus damage, but she will be out for a bit.  There are only two words to describe Dufournet's career.  Promising and Catastrophic.

That's all for now!

3 comments:

  1. The original source of this story was a newspaper article in which the gymnast was PAID for her story, and the coaches version of events are not represented at all, as the legal case is still ongoing.

    Becky's mother was heavily involved with her gymnastics career and will have known about her back injury. She watched the majority of becky's workouts.

    She had six months off at the time of her injury, and her rehabilitation and re entry into training was under the supervision of medical staff.

    The stills are highly respected gymnastics coaches within the UK, and are not 'known' for being harsh with injurys.

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  2. Couch gymnast I have been a long time fan of your blog. I think you've jumped the gun a bit with this story however, and are not presenting a balanced view.
    Sadly Becky she had an injury in training. Her mother was certainly aware of the injury, the coaches worked with the national team medical staff and she had intensive rehabilitation. Unfortunately she never recovered. This case is all about financial implications. Perhaps you should provide a link for your readers to this article from around the time the injury first occurred, giving a slightly different viewpoint from Becky:
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/article1145956.ece

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