Northern Californian Joan Ryan, the award-winning journalist, author, and a former colleague, wrote an excellent book with a provocative title “Little Girls in Pretty Boxes”/”The making and breaking of elite gymnasts and figure skaters” in 1995. A review called it “a scathing and profoundly important study.”
I was reminded of Joan’s book after watching the women’s figure skating competition and hearing some of the commentaries at the WINTER OLYMPICS 2022. I recommend Joan’s book, which I found on Amazon and other online book sellers.
Joan earned a degree in journalism from the University of Florida in 1981 — the same class as a longtime friend who admired her then. Both of them worked at the student newspaper.
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Joan wrote this article for the Washington Post this weekend. She brought it to my attention after seeing this blog post on Facebook. I’m glad I subscribe to the Post online (might be a paywall): https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/02/20/russia-figure-skating-abuse-child-athletes-reforms-needed/