From an article on the interview with Bryant Gumbel that will air this Tuesday:
A 1996 Olympic gold medalist, Dominique Moceanu, said in an interview airing Tuesday on HBO that elite gymnastics has a "dark side" and that many athletes, former athletes and administrators hope her former coach, Martha Karolyi, will be removed from her leadership role in USA Gymnastics.
Moceanu and former women's all-around national champion Jennifer Sey, author of a book titled Chalked Up
, discussed criticisms of women's elite gymnastics for a story that airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Moceanu, who said there is a "dark side of the elite gymnastics scene," described diet restrictions she said she had to follow as a young gymnast and physical stresses that led to leg, wrist and shoulder injuries. She said one way to change the sport's culture would be to remove Martha Karolyi, the women's national team coordinator, and Bela Karolyi, who operates the national training center, from their roles.
"People are hoping that there'll be change," Moceanu said. " ... If it was up to the athletes, it would have happened a long time ago."
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Jennifer Sey has gotten a lot of heat for her book.
Moceanu, who lives in Cleveland with her husband, Dr. Michael Canales, and their infant daughter, Carmen, said gymnastics "can be done in a better way, physically and emotionally." She said she would not encourage her child to participate in the sport.
Sey, who competed in the mid-1980s, discussed eating disorders and injuries that she believes led to physical, psychological and emotional damage. She said her coaches "would probably say that their mission is to create champions. ... And I guess my challenge back would be 'At what cost?' "
Moceanu has been at odds with USA Gymnastics since 2006, when her petition to compete at the national championships was denied. She said at the time that Martha Karolyi ignored her at a training camp and added, "They should be ashamed of what they did to their Olympic champion."
The program also features an interview with 2008 Olympic team member Chellsie Memmel.
Lots of injuries leading to the Olympics - so it is the code of points or the training schedule...there were these overuse injuries before the change in the code of points. Some clubs are known for overuse and a lot of other injuries, training lots of hours, not resting when they should, instead of training smart.