Book Reviews of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters

Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters
Author: Joan Ryan
ISBN-13: 9780446676823
ISBN-10: 0446676829
Publication Date: 8/1/2000
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Very interesting, well-written discussion of the abusive world of female figure skaters and gymnasts. Kind of eye-opening, in fact. I very much enjoyed this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Interesting interviews with former figure skaters and gymnasts about the stresses and what is involved in getting ready for elite competetions.
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Wow, this was a powerful book. I have always enjoyed gymnastics and figure skating and there's so much darkness behind it that I didn't realize! The author really made me think twice about putting a daughter into either sport.
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Really interesting and a bit scary. Definately would never want a child of mine going this route.
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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.
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Excellent expose of the ugly side of professional gymnastics and figure skating. Paints Bella Karyoli in an extremely negative light. Some stories are incredibly sad. Fairly well written.
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TypeA parents of any female athletes can benefit from reading this book. Some financial numbers seem a bit out dated (or may be different in different region of the country)
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THis book makes me rethink ever putting my daughter into gymnastics or fisgure skating-tells about the stuff these girls went through...
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eyeopening