242: Standards

Feb 28, 2017 | GymCastic, Podcast

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IN THE NEWS

In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

  • Melbourne World Cup
  • NCAA
    • Beligerent fans at Utah (6:25)?
    • Chalkography rebellion!
    • Crack or Correct:
  • Winter Cup (21:01)
    • Yul is amazing. End of story.
    • Anthony McCullum’s vault is gorgeous.
    • Chris Brooks won his only event, HB
    • Donell Whittenburg did his triple pike dismount on HB
    • There were a lot of Winter Cup-ness moments, AKA injuries and crashes
    • Watch every single routine here
  • News and assignments for the American women!
    • New seniors intro video
    • American Cup – Ragan Smith and Riley McCusker

THIS WEEK’S INTERVIEW

Nancy Hogshead-Makar former professor of Sports Law and head of women’s sports advocacy group, Champion Women, joins us to interpret our strong feelings about the Legendres interview from last week’s show. We discuss (36:10):

  • How did USAG allegedly fail the Legendres?
    • Lack of a standard and professional protocol for the entire process
    • Focus on individual athlete rather than safety for all future athletes
    • Should be given the whistleblower policy in writing and have an advocate (or ombudsman) present to advise them of their rights 
  • What can parents and club owners learn from this? 
    • Liability falls to the institution when alcohol is involved and your insurance company will probably not cover you. 
    • Beware the Waiver: Imagine your child is abused, the coach is found guilty and you have agreed to pay for his lawyers
    • You’re The Boss: How to talk to kids about permission for physical contact
    • Athletes must have permission to say NO to their coaches
    • Thinking of an athlete like a solider is inappropriate.
  • Lack of Oversight
    • There is no unified process or government agency that can remove abusers from coaching
    • Prisoners have more rights than athletes representing the U.S.
    • SafeSport
      • Independent
      • Ethical Firewall between victims and the organization
      • Power to enforce policies
  • USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Investigation Update (1:03:34)
    • Fallout from the Legendre interview in last week’s episode
    • Vitaly Marinitch reportedly no longer at the Olympic Training Center boys program.
    • USAG responds to our episode
    • Feedback from the men’s team
    • USA Gymnastics failed to report Nassar to the FBI for five weeks
    • Sen. Feinstein rebukes USA Gymnastics on sex abuse (again) 
    • “It’s obviously terrible and it should never have happened, but there is an investigation.” – Aly Raisman 
    • 150 coaches and officials associated with Olympic governing bodies have been convicted of sex crimes since early 80s 
    • Government probe of sex abuse prevention in Olympic sports went nowhere 
    • Three gymnasts went public in this 60 Minutes special
    • “Bela Karolyi grabbed my butt and told me to lose it,” Antolin said in an interview  
    • “Dominique Moceanu says USA Gymnastics, Karolyis ‘Set the Stage’ for ‘Atrocities’ in Physician Sex Abuse Case” 

GYMTERNET NEWS

Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include (1:24:08):

  • Jeff Thompson at Penn State finally fired!
  • Kathy Klages, Dr. Larry Nassar sympathizer and former MSU gymnastics coach was suspended.
  • Aly Raisman on How Her SI Swim Photoshoot Made Her Feel ‘Confident’ 
  • FEEDBACK (1:32:13):
    • Why are all the gymnasts getting kidney stones? A possible answer
    • Do we talk about politics too much or not enough?

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