For type of school, see Gymnasium school. Apart from that, outside of spotting me, and congratulating me with a brief hug if I did well in a meet, David never laid a hand on me. The year I ascended to that status, our warm up leotards were made by the mother of one of my teammates, a girl named Elizabeth. Swing around this bar and then let go of it at the very top of the swing? Elizabeth had been 15 or 16 at the time, and David was in his forties. I was naturally good, and like a lot of 7- and 8-year-olds, I was fearless.
She finished seventh on beam 8.
Everything I Wish I'd Said To My Abusive Gymnastics Coach
Being able to block all that out to focus on putting a foot, a hand, a finger, in precisely the right place on the beam, can make a young girl feel like she can suspend time. Today, when I arrange myself into certain yoga poses, or, more rarely, when I have the chance to clamber up on to a balance beam, I can still grasp at the remnants of that feeling. Gyms were used more as a preparation for military service or spectator sports. Our club rented the space and the equipment almost every night and on Saturdays. Apart from that, outside of spotting me, and congratulating me with a brief hug if I did well in a meet, David never laid a hand on me.