The women’s artistic gymnastics team is in a Catch-22, because of the nature of the sport. Own the Podium targets medal possibilities for the future, to be backed up with data from past successes. But the lifespan of a female gymnast is so short, histories can be non-existent. It’s easier for a male gymnast such as Kyle Shewfelt or a trampoline competitor such as Karen Cockburn, who stay in the sport longer
“It’s always a challenge with women’s gymnastics to predict the future, because we turn them around so fast in four years that the national team or the Olympic team changed completely,” Caron said. Women aren’t allowed to compete at world championships or Olympics until they are 16, but by the time they turn 20, physical changes or injuries catch up to them and they leave the sport.
"Forminte has confirmed that his comment concerning athlete Beth Tweddle was misunderstood. 'My comment on the gymnast Beth Tweddle was misunderstood. Every Federation is obliged to subject its athletes to doping tests three times a year. Medallists undergo compulsory drug testing, and in accordance with current legislation, any athlete can be tested any day, at any time of the day or night. Athletes have to announce in advance where they are. I would like to apologise to the gymnast Tweddle for the misunderstanding, to her and to her coach, and to assure them that I think highly of them. I always talk to people [directly] when I have something on my mind,' Forminte said."Still, the point remains, why did he feel the need to bring this up at all?
"Beth Tweddle is a gymnast extraordindară that in 25 years still finds motivation in the gym. It's very good and very nice of them, than to go to clubs and discos. But, in ten when competing at the senior years, nobody has called her to a doping control. One day she will call and someone. One day perhaps we will learn about it, as I learned about the other athletes whom medals have been withdrawn, "said Forminte.
Huh? Can someone- possibly a Romanian- shed some light on this? If he is saying what I think he might be saying, then please, oh please tell me he has his tongue firmly in his cheek. Please do not tell me that Forminte is now engaging in an outsized act of sour SOUR GRAPES? That'd hurt.