Beyond the routine. Documentary by Gymnastike

Gymnastike has made a documentary about gymnastics. You can watch the preview here at this link.

I always liked Mary Lee Tracy. She seems like a great coach but I keep hearing more and more about how she is anything but the nice supportive coach we see on television.

There was a huge behind the scenes rumor about what went on with Cassie Whitcomb and how her elite career ended and the story about Alyssa Beckerman is well known throughout the gym community. At least the rumor is.

This should be interesting to watch.

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26 Responses to “Beyond the routine. Documentary by Gymnastike”

  1. gingercrush Says:

    Well I just read she makes her students do bible study which just screams crazy to me.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      They know if they train there this will happen. I am sure some people like being in a situation like this.

  2. JAS4 Says:

    I have heard things about her being mean or very strict but nothing specific can anyone fill me in?

  3. Exgymgurl Says:

    And ashley priess just walking out of 08 visas….

  4. Exgymgurl Says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/24/sports/gymnastics-being-good-isn-t-always-enough-for-us-team.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    Cottage cheese….. And pills

    • gingercrush Says:

      ‘But I don’t want to put my child in position to go through what I went through. I trained my whole life to have people just ruin everything. Then again, when my daughter is old enough to make the Olympic team, Bela and Marta should be gone, so it might be safe.”

      —-

      Or not. Martha will stay around forever. And of course those 2004 trials were just crazy and the way they announced the girls was beyond creepy.

    • JAS4 Says:

      That was an interesting article it really shines a light on just how corrupt USAG is and how many people have been hurt by it!

    • mim Says:

      ok i just read “popped pills for stress-related ulcers”

      i take tablets that are for similar reasons and believe me… if you have a stomach ulcer or acidity you NEED to take them. problem isn’t “popping pills” it’s the problem of why a teen is so severely stressed that they have stomach ulcers.

  5. exgymgurl Says:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=1-0CAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA81&lpg=PA81&dq=alyssa+beckerman+stress&source=bl&ots=xZc-C6XiDX&sig=xzyvXT6if9X4a5mk0ndNF4fXyAM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KWTyUKSOE-mQ2gX5yID4Aw&ved=0CEAQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=alyssa%20beckerman%20stress&f=false

    covers bible class…..

  6. exgymgurl Says:

    http://dailybruin.com/2003/10/06/gymnastics-beckerman-questions/

    didnt realize beckerman was kicked off the team at UCLA

    • Case Says:

      Oh yes, there were many stories about her UCLA days and Coach Val sent her packing. My impression was that Alyssa only did what she wanted to do when she wanted to do it….and at the time people kinda backed off MLT because it validated that Beckerman had some ongoing issues, IIRC.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Beckerman had ADHD or something similar to that and she could not be on her meds at the Olympics.

  7. exgymgurl Says:

    http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-7764240_ITM

    and MLT thought she was faking injury….

  8. exgymgurl Says:

    http://gracegymnast.blogspot.com/2010/03/al-fong-and-ivana-hong.html?m=1

    and apparently beckerman was throwing up blood….from too much pain meds…

  9. gingercrush Says:

    Yep nasty stuff. One of these days we’ll hear quite a bit more to the success of 2012 Olympics.

  10. christina Says:

    whether people believe those stories or not (I believe that they are at least partially true) it’s a fact that MLT is known for breaking gymnasts. Of course injuries are always a part of a sport like gymnastics and some time it’s nobody’s fault but seriously, she hasn’t kept an elite healthy since 1996.

    Also, that part where she talks about Lexie and Amelia being the only ones who really want to make the olympic team and how willing she is to do everything it takes to get those two there… what about Alexis Beucler? I know she’s not the most talented out there but she’s an elite gymnast, shouldn’t MLT at least mention her?

  11. exgymgurl Says:

    I know that Ashley Priess has stated that she was in a lot of pain when she first came to Alabama, and that at the end of last season she was not in pain which is why she decided to go another year in NCAA. Coach Val makes it seem like Cassie Whitcomb wouldnt be walking if she kept doing gymnastics because her back was so messed up…… I wonder what will happen with Jetter? And I find it fascinating that MLT has a separate bars coach and choreographer, and was a cheer person that knew nothing about gymnastics. With no college degree. And she keeps a chiropractor right there… I wonder if thats how Dom met her husband…

  12. sanitynmotion Says:

    Are those rumors covered in this video? I’m not to Amany of that so do tell if not! I’ll have to watch this later…

  13. Biyatch Says:

    Amazing what a stylist can do

  14. sanitynmotion Says:

    Weird I can’t watch the video – do you have to pay or subscribe or anything?

  15. Kelley Lynskey (@Meatless_Ball29) Says:

    Jordyn posted this on Instagram yesterday around the same time Aly posted pic of her & Gabby at the Globes. Maybe I’m over analyzing things or looking too deep into something However, it seems a bit telling in my mind. I mean seeing how McKayla was a judge for The Miss USA pageant, Aly & Gabby were both at the Golden Globes & Kyla Ross being named to the American Cup maybe she’s feeling a bit inferior or shafted in her career by seeing all the opportunities her fellow team members are having. Especially cause it could have been her doing all these things considering how she was suppose to be “The Golden Girl” at the Olympic games well we all know how that ended, perhaps what she was referring to was Gymnastics in that quote… http://verucasalt2929.tumblr.com/image/40570385807

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