Updated: Jun 29, 2020
Netflix Review: “Athlete A” Changed My Life.
It all happened so fast.
I believed pound for pound
girl gymnasts are the most superior athletes on earth.
They've pushed the limits of their art
Beyond what we thought was possible.
And although I still believe that...
I have to question now:
At what cost?
1976 was a big year: for gymnastics, college basketball
(and the Bi-Centennial of U.S. Democracy).
And Bela Karolyi was the coach of a little girl
Named Nadia Comeneci
who snatched the world's attention
in the ‘76 Olympics.
She was 14 years old.
She changed the landscape.
And women were gone
from World Class Gymnastics.
Bela Karolyi chose little girls based on three criteria:
And fucking fearlessness
(The expletive is mine, not his, and expresses degree.
A level of fearlessness likened
to Inner City Youth, Big Wave Surfers,
MotoCross and Downhill Skiing).
The girls were also ultra-competitive
Type A perfectionists and bound to please...
Anything to please.
(in that order)
And all for approval…
an Olympic Jacket
and a chance at a medal?
A chance at Gold.
Not so much the jacket
or a podium.
Go get em little girl!
It's a heady incentive.
Given the incentive:
What are people willing to do?
The kids? The parents?
What are they willing to say?
And not say?
And under different circumstances?
How would they act.
Check out The Milgram Studies and
"The natural inclination to appear cooperative even when acting against their own better judgement."
And the birth of modern day
Ethics in Psychology.
Here's an Atlantic Article from 2015.
Open the Dialogue about Private Parts.
Watching the film and the interview with Nasser.
He provided a possible reason for