McMurtry’s Win Prompts Bashing

Or Should I say, more bashing. I don’t think there’s a post on Gymnastike showing her awesome skills that doesn’t have people wondering what the fuck she’s still doing in level 10.

On the face of it, it makes no sense when McMurtry says she doesn’t want to do elite because she wants to go to public school or doesn’t want to do more hours but that’s only if you think the question is to do elite or not to do elite. Personally, I thought that was the question myself at first, but then I took a little more time to consider the issue.

The real question in McMurtry’s case may be to switch gyms are not to switch gyms because it could be her coaches that are the ones that don’t want to do elite. People need to realize, the gymnasts are not the sole people in charge of whether or not they compete elite. Many coaches don’t want anything to do with elite. Or they’re like John Geddert who says they won’t do elite unless they have a gymnast who can not only win but crush the competition. McMurtry can crush her fellow level 10s all day long but let’s be honest, in elite she’d be the one under the wheel.

Many elites have gone to public school and there’s no rule that says you have to do more hours. But that’s where coaches come in. It’s not unusual for coaches to require more hours just as a matter of course when the gymnast moves up. They don’t look at doing elite (or any level) as just designing routines/training around what the gymnast has to give both time and skill-wise. They say, level (insert level here)s do x hours, therefore you must do x hours if you want to be a level (insert level here) gymnast in this gym. Level (insert level here)s do x skills, therefore you must do x skills if you want to be a level (insert level here) gymnast in this gym.

They may also say, “We have to go to camp” which is also not required at all but if the coach says the gymnast has to do it, then the gymnast has to do it and camp would definitely infringe on both time at school and social life.

McMurty’s decision in all this may not be to do elite or not to do elite. It might be to switch gyms are not to switch gyms in order to do elite. Switching gyms is a huge decision because gyms that do elite are not on every corner. A gym switch could mean commuting for hours each day or it could mean moving across the country away from family and friends. And that is something that McMurtry also has no control over. Her parents would be the ones to make that decision.

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