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How do you feel when you watch gymnasts?

SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
I used to (and still do, I guess) love the gymnasts in the Olympics most of all. But now when I watch them I think about their poor knees and hips and backs. I see them landing so hard and repeatedly I cringe. And so many of them are in braces of some form or another. I'm actually finding it hard to enjoy it as much in years past.

This might also be because one of my teammates (yeah, roller derby, who am I to talk about injuries?) used to be a competitive figure skater and at 37 she has degenerative disk disease and bad hips which she says the hip especially is from landing on the same leg over and over and over. She was skating at the same time as Nancy Kerrigan. She says she's glad she missed the generation right after her where it's become so much more physical.

Anyway, do you cringe a bit watching the gymnasts?
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  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,380Registered Users
    I feel the same. I did tumbling & acrobatics for about 10 years, not enough to compete but I think some of my back issues may be from this in part.

    I respect these gals so much, they are so young and not only have to deal with technique, athleticism, and artistry, but the demands on the body are so incredible.
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  • FieryCurlsFieryCurls Posts: 2,904Registered Users
    I totally cringe. I am in awe of them, but I feel pain everything time they land.
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  • fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users
    oh gosh no, i never think those things.
    i tend to think, "i need to go to the gym, my ass is so big."
  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,937Registered Users
    I can't watch. They're all so young and they look so serious and unhappy. That's a lot of pressure and commitment for children. At least the men are all older, those girls are just...girls.
  • kimmidawnkimmidawn Posts: 900Registered Users
    frau wrote: »
    oh gosh no, i never think those things.
    i tend to think, "i need to go to the gym, my ass is so big."

    ^^^ occasionally this, but more often I admire what amazing shape they're in and impressed with all the tumbling and flips and everything they can do
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  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,380Registered Users
    I'm not envious of the typical gymnast physique - very broad shoulders, flat chest, overdeveloped build. There are a couple ( Nastia & Gabby) that look taller & leaner and more feminine.
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    Spider wrote: »
    I'm not envious of the typical gymnast physique - very broad shoulders, flat chest, overdeveloped build. There are a couple ( Nastia & Gabby) that look taller & leaner and more feminine.

    And their necks are very thick, too.
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  • curlysue21curlysue21 Posts: 5,219Registered Users
    Gymnastics was/is always my favorite event at the Olympics. I give the girls a lot of credit for being so dedicated at such a young age but I agree that they are very hard on their bodies. It wouldn't surprise me if they had knees like a military paratrooper from all that repetitive force put on them.

    I always thought they had unnatural physiques too. They have similar bodies to that of swimmers who have well developed trapezius and latissimus (sp?) muscles and narrow hips. Dominique Dawes seemed to have a more feminine frame, especially when she was a bit older. I bet that the natural process of puberty is inhibited in some way by their strict exercise regime.
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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    I feel impressed and inspired, but I have a lot of doubts about Bela Karolyi.
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  • legendslegends Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    I feel the same way. I'm in awe of their skill, but I always wonder how their bodies will fare in a few years.
    Spider wrote: »
    I'm not envious of the typical gymnast physique - very broad shoulders, flat chest, overdeveloped build. There are a couple ( Nastia & Gabby) that look taller & leaner and more feminine.

    I haven't paid as much attention to gymnastics as I used to, but I remember when I was a teen thinking that that physique was more common in American gymnasts. The comparison to Chinese, Russian, and Romanian gymnasts was especially striking to me. Is that really the case or am I misremembering?
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  • fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users
    nope, you are correct.
    many american bodies look like they're on steroids while the other gymnasts still retain a feminine physique-although some look stunted or starved, lol.

    i knew a gymnast in college who stopped competing after a horrible injury. she had a solid build.

    i knew a guy who actually went to the olympics and was a gymnast. surprisingly, he smoked and drank! (i liked his best friend, but they both only liked white girls)
  • missbanjomissbanjo Posts: 3,088Registered Users
    kimmidawn wrote: »
    frau wrote: »
    oh gosh no, i never think those things.
    i tend to think, "i need to go to the gym, my ass is so big."

    ^^^ occasionally this, but more often I admire what amazing shape they're in and impressed with all the tumbling and flips and everything they can do

    Both of these. I really wanted to do that when I was a kid but the money just wasn't there for me to learn.
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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    All my friends were good at gymnastics, which baffled me. I was better at sports involving throwing, running, or kicking. I felt like the odd man out.
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  • journotravelerjournotraveler Posts: 2,816Registered Users
    frau wrote: »
    nope, you are correct.
    many american bodies look like they're on steroids while the other gymnasts still retain a feminine physique-although some look stunted or starved, lol.

    i knew a gymnast in college who stopped competing after a horrible injury. she had a solid build.

    i knew a guy who actually went to the olympics and was a gymnast. surprisingly, he smoked and drank! (i liked his best friend, but they both only liked white girls)

    I've always loved gymnastics, even did a little as a kid. My 11-year-old niece is a competitive gymnast. She's the most focused kid I've ever met. She's a beast, strong, fast and flexible. But she has a lean look, not that fireplug look of so many American gymnasts. Then again, she's 11.

    But now that she's about to enter middle school, I think the rigors are getting to her just a bit. Its hard to do other activities. And she's had some injuries.
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  • newcurlynewcurly Posts: 1,310Registered Users
    I was a gymnast for 10 years. Whenever I watch it, I am completely captivated. There have been multiple junior national team members who started out at my childhood/teenage gym who I've continued to watch as the years go on.

    Everyone looks different on TV than they do in person, and this also applies to gymnasts. In person, the US gymnasts look more petite and less muscular than you might expect. I have to say that I'm a bit appalled to see the criticism of gymnast's figures on here. Would you like it if someone said similar things about your body?
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  • fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users
    newcurly wrote: »
    I have to say that I'm a bit appalled to see the criticism of gymnast's figures on here. Would you like it if someone said similar things about your body?

    i know snarky remarks when i read them and i don't think anyone is trying to be funny or mean. i'm just stating how they look.

    these girls look stunted-as in their bodies don't look developed, they all look about 7 years old:
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    now we move to the anorexic looking gymnasts:
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    and here are the juiced up looking gymnasts:
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    they're all extremely talented, nothing takes away from that but this is what has crossed my mind when i see them.
  • roseannadanaroseannadana Posts: 5,632Registered Users
    Many of them are so very young, I feel a bit sad about their childhood. I wonder how much they were pushed by adults, although I know the rewards can be great.

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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    My first thought is always 'damn I wish I was that flexible' always followed with 'take those metal clips out of your hair and stop using the glitter hairspray'.

    They all seem to have an undeveloped body especially as the lowest age to compete in the Olympics is now 16. Remember when 9 year olds were competing?

    Some of the women look a bit like the female athletes from East Germany did, but naturally so rather than hormonally tampered with.
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    Elated and awe struck. I have always loved watching gymnastics. It is such a beautiful sport. That, figure skating, and (now) snowboarding are my main focus during the olympics.


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  • lcl0706lcl0706 Posts: 959Registered Users
    I was a competitive gymnast for 10 yrs so of course I love watching it! Will have a lifelong love for the sport :) but yes, it was hard on my back & I suspect that's why it hurts daily at the age of 28 & I have weak ankles from tearing them up in the gym.

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  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    I find it interesting that you can tell who are the older and younger US women based on their muscle development, and I see that as a plus.

    They are super strong, and judging encourages more and more strength and power. But being able to look at them and see the older ones have more muscle is encouraging, vs. some of the other examples given where they all appear pre-*****cent and you have to wonder what they were given to stay that way, or if they were starved. There are so many stories out now of training programs where that happens, I was elated to actually see slight signs of a little bit of a tummy.


    What I was really thinking a lot about was the judging system. The way points work now, number of flips/rotations is SO important, and is something most of us laypeople can't understand. What we can understand is if they stick a landing or not - and since difficulty is rewarded well beyond sticking ability, they rarely seem to stick. I'd love to see that transparent, easy for the casual observer, point to be more important in scoring like it seemed to be on the 10 point scale. As they casually discuss one surgery after another, I keep thinking how maybe making them stick to things they can land would reduce the amount of injuries because they wouldn't be pushing their physical boundaries so hard.

    As someone in a sport which my doctor compared to being a paratrooper for how it acts on the back, if I think much about how gymnastics work on their backs, I'm not likely to be able to watch at all!
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    I don't watch much anymore but no I don't think that. I just think it's awesome how flexible they are. I also grew up reading and watching old videos of Nadia Comaneci since I was named after her and wanted to be like her. I even took gymnastic lessons for a while but I wasn't too into it and as usual my mom didn't push me since she was lazy and just didn't see the importance of anything except education.
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I feel a little sad for them, bc it seems that female gymnasts w/ Olympic aspirations train more ~intensely~ than athletes in other sports (i.e., they are taken from their homes at a young age and moved to where one of the two or three top coaches have gyms, etc. and don't attend regular school). At least that's the way it used to be when I watched. That's all well and good if you earn an individual gold or even the team gold...then you have it made for life.

    But if you don't place gold (esp not ind), you are probably washed up and you've missed out on your childhood, and your growth was probably stunted from all those high impact routines and you have all kinds of bone and joint and connective tissue damage.

    It just doesn't seem worth it to me.

    Swimmers, basketball players, boxers, soccer players, etc., on the other hand, all seem to be able to maintain normal lives, and have many ongoing opportunities to compete in their sport while they train and wait for the next Olympics.

    But with women's gymnastics, it just seems like it has a strong potential to be anti-climactic for most of the particpants.

    I know there are other gymnastics competitions besides the Olympics, like the World Games and the Goodwill Games, but not many...seems like a lifetime of training, training, training and one or two brief moments to prove yourself. Then when those brief moments are over, you fade into obscurity w/ a lot of health problems and all the "purpose" in your life is gone.