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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. as a former gymnast although nowhere near elite this book petrified me it s hard to believe what young girls and their parents are willing to sacrifice to be the best i m going to find it really hard to indulge my guilty pleasure of watching gymnastic and ice skating competitions on tv after this enlightening read

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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. 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investigation into child abuse in elite gymnastics and figure skating It was published in 1995 meaning it s a bit out of date and focused on athletes I didn t grow up with but it still felt like a vital readJoan Ryan interviews a wide array of former elite gymnasts figure skaters parents coaches and national organization officials trying to understand how these sports turned into a breeding ground for child abuse Women s gymnastics and figure skating are the only sports where a nation s Olympic expectations fall on young teenagers as even male Olympic gymnasts are usually college aged These are the most popular Olympic events and the ones that reuire absolute perfection providing deductions for the tiniest of errors and only giving athletes one chance to meet that goal The pressure is enormous and leads to athletes and those that are supposed to be taking care of them turning to extreme measuresThe girls have to stop puberty before hips and breasts weigh them down and make them heavier To keep that girlish figure they stop eating or throw up or swallow laxatives by the bottle encouraged or overlooked by parents and coaches just focused on glory It doesn t matter that this can cause a lifetime of harmThe book is a deep look into the methods championed by Bela Karolyi who used emotional abuse namely fear and guilt to make girls compete despite serious injuries punish themselves for not being perfect at all times practice without food because they were constantly berated for being fat even though none reached 100 pounds and made their parents go even further down the rabbit hole than they wereThere were girls who died from anorexia and broken necks all because they were so obsessed with chasing an Olympic gold and their coaches never treated them like actual people like the actual little children they areRyan goes into the psychology of how parents go from good intentions into further hurting their children the lack of regulation that allows coaches to get away with such conduct the insane judging style especially in figure skating that allows this all to proceed and the public perception that to some makes all this worth itEven today Karolyi is considered a hero for the Olympians he has produced remembered for the proud hugs he gave athletes on TV than for the incredible abuse that has been widely known for decades nowThe book left me desperate to know how much of this is still accurate Today s gymnasts look healthier than previous ones ever had but then the national team s doctor just got sentenced for sexually abusing than 200 girls To top it off there were so many people in charge who knew about his conduct and chose to do absolutely nothingI could go on and on detailing the finding many of which are now pretty well known anyway so I ll move on to the uality of the book itselfFor the most part it s brilliantly written Ryan does a great job of weaving personal stories into a larger picture and making the book truly flow She suffers from repetitiveness at times but I m choosing not to fault her too much for thatThe weakest part of the book was describing the KerriganHarding attack The entire section is awkwardly written like Ryan couldn t get interviews and so instead just drew a bunch of conclusions and expanded on them without the wealth of evidence she had in previous chapters The attack itself was also referenced so many times as something that had already been described when it wasn t detailed until uite late in the chapterMy last complaint was that this book is sold as both gymnastics and figure skating when it s really 75 percent gymnastics I wanted just a bit depth on the figure skating But even then I learned so much from that 25 percentThose complaints are nitpicking because it really was a fantastic work that I would highly recommend across the boardReview posted here

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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. 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 figure skating I still gave my copy from 1995 which I read cover to cover the day it was releasedI ve been a Gymnastics and figure skating super fan since watching Olga Korbut then Nadia Comaneci I wrote a fan letter to Tai and Randy and thought life couldn t get any better when Randy responded LITTLE GIRLS IN PRETTY BOXES both crushed my fantasy of perfect girls effortlessly twisting their bodies in unimaginable ways by showing the abusive coaches the eating disorders crushed self esteem intimidation and lack of regard these girls and young women endured Some didn t survive their sportsRyan interviewed athletes family trainers used news reports and footage show the tears behind the smiles and presented the stories in a compulsive readable chapters that had me wanting an updateWith the news of Larry Nassar s crimes and USA Gymnastics complicity Joan Ryan or somebody else needs to write the next chapter in the failure of USAG and the USOC to protect its athletes from predators Sadly Bela Karoli s emotional abuse of young gymnasts is clearly documented and well known internationally Officials led the public to believe when Marta took over as USAG team coach the sport had turned away from its abusive past to a gentler humane way of training athletes children trying to pursue their dreams of Olympic glory tumbling toward the gold


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

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    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 gymnas

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    as a former gymnast although nowhere near elite this book petrified me it's hard to believe what young girls and their parents are willing to sacrifice to be the best i'm going to find it really hard to indulge my guilty pleasure of

  5. says:

    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 unflatterin

  6. says:

    Little Girls In Pretty Boxes Joan Ryan's exposé 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 th

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    I grew up with gymnastics Never competing never being anything resembling good at it but loving to cartwheel down long hallways and hold hand

  10. says:

    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 allowed Larry Nassar to do all the horrible things he did

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