“Mommy, I don’t want to do gymnastics anymore.”
My 6-year-old’s comment came out of nowhere on a random Wednesday afternoon. We were in her elementary school bathroom, getting dressed for…soccer practice. I couldn’t see her face—she was in a stall—but I’m sure mine fell, equal parts disappointed and shocked. No, I don’t think my child is the next Aly Raisman. But this a kid who had begged us to let her take gymnastics lessons, who two years in has to be told to stop… >> Read More
Agnes Keleti is probably one of the most badass and inspiring ladies you'll ever know. Keleti, who was born in Hungary and survived the Holocaust, began gymnastics at age 4. Well, the rest is…history, considering she still practices gymnastics to this day (at age 96, no less!), and is now going to be honored with the Israel Prize. Avi Mayer, spokesman for the Jewish agency, recently tweeted about the amazing news: Amazing: Israeli government decides to award the Israel Prize to 96-year-old retired Olympic gymnast and Holocaust survivor Ágnes Keleti.… >> Read More
A couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, my 9-year-old daughter hurt her foot doing gymnastics. She’s been in a knee-high boot and on crutches for almost a month now. And I am grateful.
Not merely…grateful that we live in an age of miracles and wonder and modern medicine that made it so she didn’t have to be in a heavy, itchy, plaster cast, and that she can still take baths and sleep with less discomfort than she would have been forced to suffer even a decade ago. But I… >> Read More
Over 368 gymnasts claim they were sexually abused by adults working in gymnastics across the U.S., according to an Indy Star investigation. The investigation, which was dated from 20 years ago,…showed hundreds of police files and court cases tying together youth gymnastics and the sexual exploitation of children by those in leadership positions, including coaches and gym owners--which is absolutely chilling. The Star reported back in August that officials at USA Gymnastics failed to alert police to sexual abuse allegations that took place, and instead chose… >> Read More
Before Aly Raisman, there was Holocaust survivor Agnes Keleti. Keleti was born in Hungary, where she began gymnastics at age 4. She was supposed to compete in the 1940 and 1944 Olympics, but because…of World War II, they were canceled. As a result, she went into hiding to survive--although many of her family members were killed in Auschwitz. Due to an injury, she was unable to compete in the 1948 Olympics, and didn't compete until the 1952 games at age 31--where she won four medals. Then, in the… >> Read More