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    My 5 yr old granddaughter is taking pee wee gymnastics at the Y. Tough sport.
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    When I watch these world class gymnasts and skateboarders, I am absolutely amazed at the things they can do that are obviously extremely dangerous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    I have absolutely no problem with her dropping out. If the pressure got to much for her, well, that IS what the media does, build them up to tear them down.

    And as I said earlier, the type of tricks these girls do now could cause injury or death with just a slip of concentration. There was a Russian gymnast and an AMerican gymnast and i believe a Chinese gymnast who were paralyzed from injuries and recently a college gymnast killed in training.

    My issue isn't with Biles decision to not compete. Competition is by it's nature stressful and if she felt that the stresses were too much for her, I will not judge her for it.

    And I don't have an issue with her family, friends and team members supporting her.

    I just wonder about this entire movement that seems to be developing heroes out of people who just couldn't cut the mustard. First Naomi Osaka, now Biles.

    Competition is hard, it is supposed to test your mettle, and those who overcome harsh conditions and crawl over the finish line on their hands and knees, or compete with injuries only to lose but putting everything they have into it is the true Olympic spirit.

    Following the Olympics will be the Paralympics which brings out athletes from across the globe who look us straight in the eye and say "You think you have obstacles?"
    Yeah, but elevating Strug isnít right, either.

    Iím a Kobe Bryant guy. His warrior mentality is incredible and admirable.

    But when he did that he he was an adult with people around him who cared about his well/being and he had a choice.

    When Strug did it, she had no real choice, she was a child, and she was surrounded by people whoíd have taken that gold even if that meant she couldnít walk again.

    Biles is at least suffering from something other gymnasts have suffered from, and competing during it can result in grave injuries, by all accounts. Sheís earned the right for us to believe her when she says she is avoiding significant injury by not competing.


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    I think she made the right decision knowing that she couldn’t give her best to the team and for her own safety. At least she was honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I can only say that if I had done that in any sporting event, I knew an ass whooping would be waiting for me when I got home.
    Ha, if you even made it there! My teammates would kick my ass all over the park, I'm guessing. You know, because I was the star player...

    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    I know nothing of this Simone Biles or what's up with her except for what I've read here.

    All I can say is she must be an American... her issues sound SO American in today's America.

    I'm waiting for one of the girls from China, Russia... or even East Germany to have the same issues... but I bet it will never happen.

    American's are pussies. Lol!
    Well, the Japanese tennis player started it. This is clearly going to become a new trend. And, I'm not entirely against it as the media has gone overboard in many cases, probably making life nearly unbearable for these athletes.

    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    When I watch these world class gymnasts and skateboarders, I am absolutely amazed at the things they can do that are obviously extremely dangerous.
    That Olympic skateboarding is the most boring thing I've ever seen. I guess it's a talent, but no more than card tricks. With your feet.

    I'm also conflicted on the Simone Biles thing. I first thought, "Ha! Take that media!" but then realized they'll eat this up too. Then I thought about her teammates and how they might be upset with her. But THEN I thought they might be stoked because now they get to participate even more than before because the remaining three all got to do each event.

    FINALLY I thought about that 6th gymnast who wasn't on the "team" and didn't qualify for any of the individual events. She must be thinking, "Are you friggin' kidding me??!!"

    On a separate note, don't the USA female gymnasts look (for lack of a better word) "bigger" than the usual female gymnast? They don't seem to have the classic linear gymnast body which is kind of refreshing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    The Karolyis were child abusers, the team doctor a child molester. USA gymnastics covered it up and the Karolyis allowed it to go on. Biles has hinted at being a victim of sexual abuse, likely by Nassar.

    Biles is an American world gymnastics champion and it seems likely she was the victim of abuse in order to get there.

    If she believed her mental situation was dangerous to her, then I believe her and beyond that itís none of my business. Iíll save my ire for the adults who made USA Gymnastics an abuse farm.


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    In that documentary, the Justice Department was "investigating" the agent buyoffs. Wonder how far that got...the cynic in me says not very far.
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    Finally watched the women's gymnastics team finals with my wife and daughter Sunday. Not sure why we are supposed to hail Biles as "courageous" or "heroic". It was annoying they kept showing her between every performance the entire night. If she was having mental issues leading up to the Olympics, she shouldn't have taken a spot on the Olympics team. She's won more medals than anyone and isn't young by gymnast standards, let someone else go. If these mental issues weren't creeping up and only happened that night at the Olympics, well she cracked under the pressure of Olympic competition.

    She quit on her team when they needed her most. The modern PC American way, call her a hero.

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    I see TX is moving Sunday beer/wine sales from noon to 10am, geez, what an archaic law. I can drive an hour to Louisiana at 3 in the morning and buy a pint of whisky at a gas station.
    I guess this will help tailgaters in Houston and Dallas on noon kickoffs
    Dealing with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rchop84 View Post
    I see TX is moving Sunday beer/wine sales from noon to 10am, geez, what an archaic law. I can drive an hour to Louisiana at 3 in the morning and buy a pint of whisky at a gas station.
    I guess this will help tailgaters in Houston and Dallas on noon kickoffs
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    Quote Originally Posted by rchop84 View Post
    I see TX is moving Sunday beer/wine sales from noon to 10am, geez, what an archaic law. I can drive an hour to Louisiana at 3 in the morning and buy a pint of whisky at a gas station.
    I guess this will help tailgaters in Houston and Dallas on noon kickoffs
    We had something similar here--no alcohol sold on Sundays, 8pm cut-off every other day, but that has changed. I went to college right on the CT/NY line and I remember when we needed to we'd just drive 10 mins across into NY and get some beer. Such a stupid law.

    I don't even know what time the cut off is anymore since I'm never in a pinch. There's always some beer on hand. We used to drink more socially but we haven't had as many guests in the past year and a half.

 

 

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