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Sports columnist Ryan presents an expose of the physical and psychological suffering endured by young Olympic hopefuls.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA?In an attempt to focus attention on the high price paid through pain, pressure, and humiliation to become an Olympic champion, Ryan has researched the stories behind some of the young female superstar gymnasts and figure skaters. The extraordinary cost to these young women in body, mind, and spirit is dramatized through the intense subculture dominated by gyms, trainers, parents, and sports officials who press for excellence and success without regard to the health and well-being of those involved. This anecdotal account serves as a warning to all those engaged in competitive sports that children should not be sacrificed to adult egos and the thrills of victory. A book to be pondered by coaches, parents, and young people.?Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School Library, Upper Marlboro, MD
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book was very effective in showing the world some of the truths about gymnastics and figure skating. Read morePublished on June 24 2004
What an extremely biased, unfiar, and untrue this book was! First of all, lets start with the title. It was so misleading. What about figure skaters? Read morePublished on June 3 2004
Though I am not a gymnast or an iceskater, this book was touching for me. I wouldn't know the true things that go on during practices, or if the stories choosen were only the ones... Read morePublished on March 7 2004
Having competed in the upper ranks of the fiqure skating world, I have seen much of what Ryan speaks about in this book. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004
This is a heartbreaking book about gymnasts and (and to a smaller degree) ice skaters who sacrificed everything to get to the top of their sports, but somehow fell short when the... Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003 by yizzy99
where's the video? i liked the movie better than the book. has it been released yet?Published on Dec 27 2003
Yes, it is true that some gymnasts, figure skaters, ballerinas, and other athletes (such as wrestlers, cross country runners, etc.) have suffered from EDs. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2003
I have to agree w/ the other people who gave negative reviews for this book. I don't know much about this author, but I would assume she was never a gymnast or figure skater. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003
I believe Ryan is correct in the life of gymnasts and figure skaters...I have been a gymnast for 15 years now, and have seen more people quit the sport because of feeling to... Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2003 by Rebecca W