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Little girls in pretty boxes : the making and breaking of elite gymnasts and figure skaters

Author: Joan Ryan
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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With sports as our national fairy tale, we have come to worship the tiny gymnasts and sequined skaters who appear on the landscape as storybook princesses with their poise and beauty, agility and grace. But the truth behind the making of elite women athletes reveals a grim national trend far less magical than what these images project. All too often behind the pigtails and mascara is a trail of abuse from parents,
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Ryan, Joan, 1959-
Little girls in pretty boxes.
New York : Doubleday, ©1995
(DLC) 94043317
(OCoLC)31608501
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Ryan
ISBN: 9780307828552 0307828557 1299487912 9781299487918
OCLC Number: 843126645
Description: 1 online resource (243 pages) : illustrations
Contents: If It Isn't Bleeding, Don't Worry About It: Injuries --
They Stole Her Soul and They Still Have It: Eating Disorders --
Be Thin and Win: Image --
Do It for America: Pressure --
We All Became Junkies: Parents --
The Game Within the Game: Politics and Money --
Whatever It Takes: Coaches --
The Aftermath: An Update.
Responsibility: Joan Ryan.
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With sports as our national fairy tale, we have come to worship the tiny gymnasts and sequined skaters who appear on the landscape as storybook princesses with their poise and beauty, agility and grace. But the truth behind the making of elite women athletes reveals a grim national trend far less magical than what these images project. All too often behind the pigtails and mascara is a trail of abuse from parents, coaches, and federation officials - the very people charged with protecting these young athletes.

Here are the heartbreaking stories of the countless girls who have stumbled along the way, broken by pressure, humiliation, and an outdated cultural ideal of femininity that has shaped both gymnastics and figure skating and driven their young athletes beyond the breaking point. Joan Ryan documents in harrowing and explicit detail the preponderance of eating disorders, weakened bones, stunted growth, debilitating injuries, and damaged psyches that are often the result of intensive training.

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