Great work from Cata. She’s a legend.
In other news, both Mustafina and Komova are sitting out Russian Championships. Mustafina because she’s not ready, and Komova because of back pain (possible injury?). The Olympic selection process for Russia makes no sense…
Ugh I’m so mad about this! But I guess it explains why she wasn’t in Jesselo. Better to be left off for being hurt than for failing to impress, right? I wonder if whatever her injury is can heal up quickly. It’s about 3 1/2 months till trials…
Yeah I thought their responses were fairly classy. Obviously they didn’t love what she said but they didn’t rant or call she a bunch of names. And vice versa, she criticized them, or their methods, but didn’t completely bad mouth.
You do not become a world class gymnast without tough love. Not condoning it but Mckayla was one great vaulter but she brought little else to the table. Her floor was okay and her beam and bars were mediocre. I can remember one great beam routine from Mckayla’s entire career.
Even the great coaches like Chow are not all fun and games.
I agree – I feel like Maroney criticised their methods, and not them. She didn’t go all out ad hominem.
I also think it’s easier for gymnasts to speak up once they’re retired, because they’re also adult when retired.
They look back and when they were in gymnastics they were children/tweens.
Obviously coaches would coach adults and children differently, and there must be occassions that must seem ridiculous as adults looking back on years of training.
I do think that when gymnasts criticise training methods etc, their parents must bear a large part of that blame. They’re the ones who sent their kids into that situation, and who are responsible for their physical and emotional well-being.