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I will just insert my motto for the current IOC: "Always expect the worst and be prepared when they go even worser!" 

Alexandra Soldatova hospitalized following suicide attempt, it seems she cut her veins   https://www.unian.info/world/10862324-russia-s-star-gymnast-hospitalized-following-suicide-attempt.ht

Watch today's Ball exercise for Groups.   Really liked Israel routine, sadly the first 10-15 seconds of it just looks messy compared to the rest, they need to polish that.   Azerba

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9 minutes ago, hckosice said:

Alexandra Soldatova hospitalized following suicide attempt, it seems she cut her veins

 

https://www.unian.info/world/10862324-russia-s-star-gymnast-hospitalized-following-suicide-attempt.html

 

I find it rather disturbing media apparently knows not only that she had a suicide attempt, but even exactly how she tried it (and decided that was a good idea to publish worldwide)...

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1 hour ago, heywoodu said:

 

I find it rather disturbing media apparently knows not only that she had a suicide attempt, but even exactly how she tried it (and decided that was a good idea to publish worldwide)...

And I think that by publishing this  article They did more harm than they could ever imagine 

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2 hours ago, hckosice said:

Alexandra Soldatova hospitalized following suicide attempt, it seems she cut her veins

 

https://www.unian.info/world/10862324-russia-s-star-gymnast-hospitalized-following-suicide-attempt.html

It’s not really that shocking after what I’ve heard about their rhythmic gymnastics program...but it’s still very sad and unfortunate.

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:TUR earned the bronze medal in the group all-around competition at the Miss Valentine Grand Prix. This is shocking news since Turkey has never been even remotely successful in rhythmic gymnastics, but now they placed ahead of the (very competent and Olympic-quota favorite) USA group.

EDIT: Now :CAN earned their first ever medal at a Grand Prix event too! The Pan American Championships are going to be very interesting.
 

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2012 Olympian Francesca Fox from Great Britain came forward and accused her coaches of emotional abuse.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jul/07/uk-sport-to-investigate-shocking-and-upsetting-claims-of-gymnastics-abuse

This is one more scandal in a growing list of accusations of emotional and physical abuse over the last months. Besides, at least two suicide attempts from rhythmic gymnasts have been reported in the last few years. Off the top of my head, the recent scandals I can remember are:

Switzerland: https://www.swissinfo.ch/ger/alle-news-in-kuerze/die-rhythmische-sportgymnastik-kommt-in-der-schweiz-nicht-zur-ruhe/45869394?fbclid=IwAR331DpvpzqsTdu9xy5gnqFuESsbtKYpnqzKTemdr7gfQTKT96msHfHKEOI

Brazil: https://www.uol.com.br/esporte/reportagens-especiais/minha-historia-angelica/

Russia: https://www.rockergymnastics.com/rhythmic-gymnastics/2020/2/6/alexandra-soldatovas-alleged-suicide-attempt-rocks-rhythmic-gymnasticsnbsp

Bulgaria: https://www.novinite.com/articles/174911/Bulgarian+Authorities+Confirm+Rhythmic+Gymnastics+Athlete+Attempted+Suicide

Not to mention sexual assaults from coaches, medical staff or even gymnasts themselves in artistic gymnastics; in recent months, cases have been reported in Brazil, Canada and the United States, as far as I can remember.

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What's up with coaches calling athletes fat? I mean, I get that coaching involves doing more than just saying "you are amazing" all the time, but come on. I remember Gabriela Koukalova (biathlon) talking about how her coach used to call her, quote, 'a fat pig'...when she was still a teenager. No doubt there are many, many, many more examples.

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