Posts Tagged ‘Jennifer Sey’

Is Chalked Up author Jennifer Sey a liar?

May 7, 2008

Chalked UpRick at Gymnastics Coaching thinks so. The debate is raging on his blog.

Jennifer Sey is a liar by any definition of the word. Even if every word in her book is true as she remembers it. (And that’s been contested by some of her teammates from the time.)

If you disagree with me, buy her book. If not, encourage everyone you know to boycott Chalked Up. You can read it, but don’t purchase even one more copy.

If Jennifer Sey wanted to exorcise demons from over 20-years-ago as a memoir, she could have done it on her blog. That she chose to release an inflammatory book in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics smacks of opportunism.

Certainly there are athletes who have had a bad time with coaches, with training, battled eating disorders and the like. What seems to be bothering Rick is that the media, abetted by Sey, is using one person’s experience to paint the whole sport black.

But is gymnastics “weird and creepy”? – NO

Are all middle-age men coaching gymnasts “shady characters”? – NO

Much misinformation like this has been generated around the recent release of Jennifer’s book. I believe the author is a willing participant in this game of generating controversy during a book launch.

Polish-101 Gymnastics editor MRR published their take on the book here.

Jennifer Sey: Speaking up

May 1, 2008

Jennifer SeyWith her new book Chalked Up, 1986 U.S. Champion Jennifer Sey expounds on what is by all appearances a long and painful struggle with depression caused by thr rigors of elite gymnastics training.

The book’s title says it all: Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics’ Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders and Elusive Olympic Dreams.