Re: Kerri Strug (fwd)
Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Sat, 3 Aug 1996 14:07:10 -0500
>>>> Chuck, maybe the question should be did anyone NOT see Kerri Strug
>>>> clinch the gold tonight?
>of you may not realize it, but the South Australian in that Gillian Roulton
>twize fell from her horse. She suffered a broken collar bone, 2 broken ribs
>and a cracked shoulder and she twize got back on her horse (Peppermint
>Grove) and finished the course
>>She finished the course, was taken to hospital and in that time never took
>any pain killers.
Is anyone else out there bothered by seeing young people endangering their
health and possibly their lives by continuing to compete after injury?
There was an column in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinal last Sunday regarding
Kerri Strug. The headline read: Why cheer a sickening moment of TV
sports?". Some quotes: "Go Kerri Go! yelled [the coach], a man who for
years has psychologically abused the girls who have dreams of Olympic gold."
"She is 4-foot-9 and weighs 80 lbs...that's wrong. If a 'normal'
18-year-old was that size you'd have her at the doctor's immediately."
"even as young as 6 or 7 these girls are fed laxatives and diuretics and
The article picks on this incident but the same could be said for other
activities as well.
Here's the question: When does the single-minded pursuit of a goal by a
child [read: parents either allowing the child to do this or pushing the
child to do this] become child abuse? In glorifying "winning" or "being
number one" or "getting the gold" what are we doing to our children?
Mark W. Arend
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