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    irritated with USAG and Simone crew

    "Mental Health related" and "Mental Health issues" are different things. If it was truly a mental health issue, then sports mental blocks would appear in the DSM-5. That being said, I agree that gymnastics mental blocks are stress-related. In Simone's case, they might even be potentially...
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    irritated with USAG and Simone crew

    So if Simone's mental block is limited to twisting skills, does this mean we're going to get to see the Yurchenko double pike in Vault finals? Does she have a second vault that doesn't require twisting?
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    irritated with USAG and Simone crew

    True. Michelle Obama's sent out a tweet to Simone that was totally on point in tone and message. Weirdly, I don't think it was even one that Simone "liked." If Michelle Obama said that to me, I'd print out that Tweet and frame it above my bed.
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    irritated with USAG and Simone crew

    She's also "liking" posts that she's tagged in. Which makes me wonder if she's reading the posts that she's tagged in. Some of them are pretty terrible. What's wrong with it is that it could be pretty self-destructive. It reminded me of Vanessa Atler circa 2000, reading all her critics on the...
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    irritated with USAG and Simone crew

    Is anyone else uneasy that Simone is on twitter, retweeting the media articles about her? She said she wanted to focus on her mindfulness and mental health. I don't think scrolling through the press and social media comments about her is terribly conducive for that...
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    irritated with USAG and Simone crew

    I've already clarified this, but it's possible you didn't read the entire thread. The original poster wondered, "Why not bow out gracefully like so many before her?" I mentioned endorsement deals as a possibility, which I am again on the record as finding completely unobjectionable. I think it's...
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    irritated with USAG and Simone crew

    Of course they do. What's your point?
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    irritated with USAG and Simone crew

    Michelle Kwan did this exact thing before the 2006 Olympics (she had a physical injury though). She was also set, possibly more so than Simone, although I haven't checked their comparative net worths. I was fine with Michelle doing it then, and I'm fine with it if it's what Simone did now. I was...
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    irritated with USAG and Simone crew

    I wasn't being unkind. I was merely pointing out that she's behaved in a way that's amplified the pressure on her, and that her own behavior around fame and "greatness" is unhealthy. We've seen it plenty of times before. I also don't think she was wrong to want to maximize endorsement money, if...
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    irritated with USAG and Simone crew

    It's also not healthy to be wearing leos and flip-flops bedazzled with GOATs on them, then complaining about how much pressure being the GOAT puts on you, but here we are.
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    WAG Impressed with what happened at the Olympics

    Are you and kecks suggesting that USAG pressured Kerri Strug to vault on her sprained ankle? Kerri Strug has said she made her own decision to do the vault.
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    irritated with USAG and Simone crew

    I feel similarly to you. She should have withdrawn before team qualfications at the latest. And the only answer I can come up with for your question "Why not bow out gracefully like so many before her?" is... for the endorsements, sadly. The longer she could keep up appearances that she's going...
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    WAG Biles is out ....

    What are the olympic rules? At what point could an alternate have subbed in for Simone? Could she have withdrawn before Team Finals and an alternate have gone in instead of her, or would it have been too late at that point?
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    WAG Biles is out ....

    What a huge disappointment. I really wish she would have withdrawn in team qualifications and given one of the alternates a chance to compete.
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    For Parents Silly little question - but maybe a glimpse into a bigger picture?

    I don't think you're being a crazy gym mom. I would also be concerned if it were my DD. But it's only been one practice, so there's every chance that your child will in fact adjust to the coaches' new vault height and spring board expectations, without any additional intervention on your or the...
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    OT A discussion of racism in the gymnastics world

    Huh. Well. That's revealing that you think so. Cuz me personally? I'd think "the only thing worse than a racist" is a hateful racist mob. Of which we've had plenty in this country's recent history. But to each their own I guess.
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    For Parents Level 2

    Your child won't be behind. My daughter competed L2 at 7 years old. She will turn 14 at the end of the summer and will be a pretty competitive L8, and she repeated L7 last year due to the COVID closures slowing down her progress. If my daughter wants to continue on to L10, it's a very real...
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    For Parents Level 2

    I'm confused regarding the notion of L2 or L3 being "a waste of time and money." What are your goals for your kid? To have fun, remain fit/build strength and skills, and gain valuable life lessons? They can do that at any level, and the time and money cost just increases the higher up you go. I...
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    Offshoot from the gym opening suggestions thread

    Would people whose gyms are reopening please let us know when their gym's start date is and their county and state? I'd like to track the covid-19 rates two weeks from the start date. It will help inform my family's decision about whether or not to let my daughter start back at the gym when hers...
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    COVID-19 / Coronavirus Gymnastics Club Reopening Steps / Process

    Why would leaving the shoes at the door or in a bag help?