Little Girls in Pretty Boxes The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters {ebook Pdf} Author Joan Ryan


10 thoughts on “Little Girls in Pretty Boxes The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters

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    An eye opening account of the rigorous and often abusive training methods that elite gymnasts and ice skaters endure in hopes of claiming an elusive Olympic medal This book detailed the unavoidable eating disorders injuries and overbearing parents that skaters and gymnasts face There were anecdotes about the rise and fall of famous athletes s

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    Twenty years before most of us heard the name Larry Nassar the Gymnastics who molested over 150 gymnasts and other athletes journalist Joan Ryan wrote LITTLE GIRLS IN PRETTY BOXES about the often dark secrets behind competitive gymnastics and f

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    about gymnasts than figure skaters i read the version that included the 2000 epilogue which is great because the first version was written in 1995 before the americans won gold in atlanta i'd still like to read a recent book

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    as a former gymnast although nowhere near elite this book petrified me it's hard to believe what young girls and

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    Who knew gymnastics was so horrifying?Joan Ryan’s Little Girls in Pretty Boxes is a chilling sobering look at the world of women’s gymnastics where the coaches yell and taunt at young gymnasts while their parents overlook – or exaggerate – the abuse creating a culture of destroyed confidence eating disorders an It’s an unflattering portraitRyan tells of the sad fates of several promising girls who were sucked into this

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    Little Girls In Pretty Boxes Joan Ryan's exposé on women's gymnastics and figure skating is a brutal read It starts with an accoun

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    Joan Ryan is a journalist who knows her stuff and knows how to write This is another book that focuses on the dark side of elite gymnastics and also figure skating Ryan does a fantastic job of supporting her conclusions with statistics from university studies interviews with experts coaches and team mates and especially the dramatic heart breaking stories of the girls and their family Those who didn't make it whether from injury

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    Not nearly as tawdry as promised In the prologue it was all sexual abuse and this and that all over the place but the book was mostly eating d

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    I grew up with gymnastics Never competing never being anything resembling good at it but loving to cartwheel down long hallways and hold handstands in the outfield of softball games It never stopped being funI’ve never been so grateful that it wasn’t something I took seriously and tried to compete in as when I was reading Little Girls in Pretty Boxes The book is a journalistic investigation into child abuse in elite gymnasti

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    Finished this a couple weeks ago and forgot to update This book is pretty old but just goes to show that the Karolyis and the culture at USAG was toxic from the beginning and they created an environment that allo

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Little Girls in Pretty Boxes The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters

Ndured by girls at the hands of their coaches and sometimes their own families An acclaimed expose that has already helped reform Olympic sports now updated to refl. Little Girls In Pretty Boxes Joan Ryan s expos on women s gymnastics and figure skating is a brutal read It starts with an account of a teenage girl who broke her neck while performing on the vault and it doesn t get any cheerierThe book is well written enough to be engaging but it s so excessively negative in tone that it inevitably caused my hackles to rise I suppose any expos is likely to be biased but Ryan seems so biased against gymnasticsskating that I inevitably found myself playing devil s advocate despite having no stake in either sportRyan leaves no room for the reader to make up her own mind as to whether the gruelling training and risks involved in the sports are worthwhile Her answer is NO NO NO NO WAY It turns what could have been a thoughtful piece of journalism into a depressing polemic Engendering Song updated to refl. Little Girls In Pretty Boxes Joan Ryan s expos on women s gymnastics and figure skating is a brutal read It starts with an account of a teenage girl who broke her neck while performing on the vault and it doesn t get any cheerierThe book is well written enough to be engaging but it s so excessively negative in tone that it inevitably caused my hackles to rise I suppose any expos is likely to be biased but Ryan seems so biased against gymnasticsskating that I inevitably found myself playing devil s advocate despite having no stake in either sportRyan leaves no room for the reader to make Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide up her own mind as to whether the gruelling training and risks involved in the sports are worthwhile Her answer is NO NO NO NO WAY It turns what could have been a thoughtful piece of journalism into a depressing polemic

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Ect the latest developments in women's gymnastics and figure skating it continues to plead for sanity safety and an end to our national obsession winning at any cos. Not nearly as tawdry as promised In the prologue it was all sexual abuse and this and that all over the place but the book was mostly eating disorders and injuries Eating disorders eh the ways losing 10 pounds in a week affect your gymnastics skills no surprise there Maybe it was shocking in 1995 when this book was publishedThe effects of hardcore training on little bitty bodies that was pretty horrifying and how nearly all coaches everywhere were all WORK THROUGH PAIN INJURY OR GO TO BABIES GYM FATTY LAZY SPIDER PIG DOG rough times Still I think it s the parents fault here and they do not get enough blame in the book How any parent could this kind of invective screamed at hisher itsy bitsy daughter it s always girls HA HA abused little lambs and continue to pay the screamer 1k per month in mid 90s dollars to continue to scream at said daughter it is time to call CPS and give the girl to a relative because you clearly do not have her best interests at heart And the coaches Clearly inhumanShe touches on figure skating a little but not much mostly she makes fun of Nancy Kerrigan for being nearly as white trash as Tonya Harding but because she was the bashed instead of the basher and because she chose to play the game instead of fight it she became a golden girl and got married at Disney on Ice dressed as Snow White and nobody remembers her family is all blue collar beer drinking pretzel eating football fans because figure skaters are born of pixie dust angels tears and the teeny slivers of ice sheered off the rink when another skater lands a perfect jumpAnyway I wasn t looking forward to reading about child abuse I just felt that the prologue was misleading and the bits about figure skating ought to have been saved for another book so that she could have gone further into gymnastics It was too short STILL well written obviously well researched she got amazing uotes from almost every single person she mentions and although the foreshadowing tends toward heavy handedness she weaves a bunch of stories into a hideous tapestry of abuse abuse abuse Mamas don t let your babies grow up to be gymnasts Unless they start later around age six and promise not to compete higher than college level

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From starvation diets and debilitating injuries to the brutal tactics of tyrannical gymnastics guru Bela Karolyi Little Girls in Pretty Boxes portrays the horrors e. about gymnasts than figure skaters i read the version that included the 2000 epilogue which is great because the first version was written in 1995 before the americans won gold in atlanta i d still like to read a recent book on gymnasticsice skating but wonder if the fact that the country has had success in the olympic arena has pushed down the urge to write about itthere s a lot of heart break in this book girls who died as a result of bad vaults or extreme eating disorders competing broken and battered at the age of 15 thinking your life is over at 17 in a way i never thought of after that they do retard their body growth so much that they never turn into physical adults and when your career is over at 18 22 and you have bone problems and hurt all over what do you do when you are done with gymnastics or gymnastics is done with you what options do you have i mean we know shannon miller won heaps of medals but what is her life like now anyway this is a really good incisive non apologetic look at the sports and the risks and things that we don t want to hear about i think the most shocking chapters were about the parents who either made the problem worse or refused to see anything who still can t give up the dream and the coaches i will never look at bela karolyi the same way i think that s good but it makes me a little sad that he isn t the big bear hugging personality he seems to be but it makes me sad to think how many little girls are sent to his gym because their parents see him that way too and then their girls are torn apart

  • Paperback
  • 269
  • Little Girls in Pretty Boxes The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters
  • Joan Ryan
  • English
  • 22 October 2019
  • 9780446676823