Little Girls in Pretty Boxes

Little Girls in Pretty Boxes

The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
A sports reporter investigates the training of girls as professional gymnasts and figure skaters, arguing that the pressure to succeed and to look beautiful results in mental and physical harm, from eating disorders to psychological trauma. 22,500 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

A sports reporter investigates the training of girls as professional gymnasts and figure skaters, arguing that the pressure to succeed results in mental and physical harm

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [1995]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1995
ISBN: 9780385477901
0385477902
Branch Call Number: 796.44 Ry 1995
Characteristics: 243 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Jul 13, 2012

This book is an eyeopener for parents, teachers and anyone with a child who is interested in pursuing the sport. I have in my life seen and experienced several of damaging treatments described in this book; only not on an national scale.

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