My daughter and I found it both overly dramatic and also depressing and decided not to finish watching it. Be forewarned they show some scary injuries.
I was just going to say that I would not let any current gymnast watch episode 2. There is some very scary footage of several accidents. I get what they were going for —that this sport is super dangerous and highly athletic (not just pretty girls in leotards) …but I know a lot of gymnasts that would not want to see it. Hearing about it and knowing it is different than watching it. It wouldn’t bother all kids, but I wouldn’t take the chance. My college gymnast is choosing to not watch that episode for nowMy daughter and I found it both overly dramatic and also depressing and decided not to finish watching it. Be forewarned they show some scary injuries.
I don't know about anyone else's comments about not letting current gymnasts watch the series....but My comment is specific to episode 2 only. And it is simply because of the footage of horrific falls. Not that I don't get why they aired them (to show just how dangerous this sport is)....I am really enjoying it. I do find it interesting some of the comments regarding not letting their gymnasts watch it. I guess I fall under the opinion that its better to present the unvarnished truth, have a conversation about it and educate yourself and your little (of course this is only my opinion and respect others who feel otherwise). I do think you need to have an open mind. Meaning, on one hand realize there is some drama for entertainment but on the other, there are valid and real topics, emotions, and struggles. Like, be able to sort through all of it. Hiding this stuff from my gymnast is not going to help her especially if she wants to pursue this path of elite gymnastics. Some comments/observations:
- Really humanizes many of these girls especially Mykala for me, as someone late to the Mykala is a horrible person narrative since it was after 2016 that I really started paying attention. Parents losing their house, jobs, etc.
- I don't think Konnors parents come off too well in this. Definitely give the vibe of this is our ticket. To be fair, they also seem to be ones most interviewed besides Laurie's parents.
- Regardless where you fall on the "over-dramatization" of the show, it is obvious that girls on this path are and will be challenged when confronted with "what comes next". Morgan in her interviews sounds like someone that is really struggling to figure out life after gymnastics. It seems like she definitely feels/realizes that while she may not be completely done, the reality of it ending is hitting her. I am skeptical that she will make it to UF
I agree with that, and I see it in my own daughter. Despite constant assurances we are happy with whatever outcome and whatever makes her happy. The pressure to not let anyone down is crazy. Not sure there is any answer to that.Konnor's situation seems the most concerning. In episode 4 she seems to be dealing with severe anxiety. I am not judging her parents on episode 5 because I don't think there is enough shown to make any judgements. I hope her move to WOGA works out for her. I hope she can see a sports therapist to help her manage the stress of competing and find some coping mechanisms. I think it's odd that the family moved so suddenly. I think it's likely that an elite gymnast would need a coaching change and a new gym to get them to the next level. It worked well for Jordan Chiles. So, I hope it all works out for her.
The one thing that I thought that has stood out with all of these girls is how much pressure they put on themselves because they do not want to disappoint everyone around them. I found this part to be sad because they are already successful by reaching the level that they are at but the way they talk it seems like if they make mistakes in a meet they are not only disappointed in themselves but they compound it by thinking everyone else is disappointed too. I don't think Laurie talks about this because she is older and in a different place. It's her second Olympics, she is an underdog and through maturity she realizes that she is doing this for herself.