Chalked up

Chalked up

Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams

Book - 2008
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The true story of the 1986 U.S. National Gymnastics champion whose lifelong dream was to compete in the Olympics, until anorexia, injuries, and coaching abuses nearly destroyed her

Fanciful dreams of gold medals and Nadia Comaneci led Jennifer Sey to become a gymnast at the age of six. She was a natural at the sport, and her early success propelled her family to sacrifice everything to help her become, by age eleven, one of America's elite,competing at prestigious events worldwide alongside such future gymnastics' luminaries as Mary Lou Retton.

But as she set her sights higher and higher--the senior national team, the World Championships, the 1988 Olympics--Sey began to change, putting her needs, her health, and her well-being aside in the name of winning. And the adults in her life refused to notice her downward spiral.

In Chalked Up Sey reveals the tarnish behind her gold medals. A powerful portrait of intensity and drive, eating disorders and stage parents, abusive coaches and manipulative businessmen, denial and the seduction of success, it is the story of a young girl whose dreams would become eclipsed by the adults around her. As she recounts her experiences, Sey sheds light on the destructiveness of our winning-is-everything culture where underage and underweight girls are celebrated and on the need for balance in children's lives.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2008
ISBN: 9780061351464
Branch Call Number: Sports & Games 796.44 SEY


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Mar 02, 2018

Compelling personal account of how the author's and other young gymnasts' inborn competitiveness played into the hands of abusive and evil coaches. The fact that these promising young girls lived away from their parents led to warped attachments. In the end, though the author has successfully transitioned into a high-powered business career and motherhood, certain demons still haunt her. This book was written years before the Nasser molestation cases, but there is mention of suspected sexual exploitation of some girls by coaches.


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