Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gymnastics Has 'Dark Side' and Karolyis are Part of the Problem

Dominique Moceanu, the youngest member of the "Magnificent Seven" team that won gold at the 1996 Olympics, is crying foul on USA Gymnastics.

The 26-year-old, who retired in 2000 with a knee injury, began a comeback in 2005 that ended when she failed to qualify for the 2006 national championships.

Two years later, in an interview with HBO Sports to air Tuesday (July 22), Moceanu says elite gymnastics has a "dark side" and that many close to the U.S. program, including current and former athletes, wish Bela Karolyi and his wife, Marta, were ousted from their leadership positions.

You can read the story

The truth is finally coming out about the Karolyis. Many in the gymnastics game know the truth about these two and are afraid to say anything, due to backlash.

The Karolyis want to produce champions, but only to further their own resume and power.

They should have been removed from competitive gymnastics in the USA long ago. Look for more on Bela and Marta Karolyi to come out, now that Moceanu has come forward.

"My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.” - Bela Karolyi

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your apparent link on the story about Dominique Moceanu goes nowhere. Some Chicago sports site, and when I search "Moceanu" on it, there are zero results.

Your generalities on the Karolyis are rubbish. These two have produced RESULTS in the gymnastics community and popularized a wonderful sport for millions of little girls in the US starting with Mary Lou, and Nadia before her.