GYMN-L Digest - 19 Oct 1995

There are 3 messages totalling 150 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. HARD COPY (2)
  2. Oksana Fabrichnova


Date:    Thu, 19 Oct 1995 21:42:42 -0500
Subject: Re: HARD COPY

Date sent:  19-OCT-1995 21:39:39

Well, isn't that special. Sorry, I'm disgusted when news shows like
hard copy can't even get their facts right. For one Cathy Rigby
suffered from bulimia. For two, Henrich weighed 62 pounds, by most
newspaper accounts, at the time of her death.

I don't care if I get flamed, but I'm going to say this. Eating disorders
need coverage in order to make people aware of them, but when shows like
hard copy overemphasize the facts and make them into what I just read, the
discredit the entire journalistic field.

*steps off soapbox*
Night, all.

>Here is the story they had on Hard Copy (a tabloid news show) about
>gymnastics. Enjoy :)
>"Hard Copy investigates the ugly side of the world's most beatiful
>"Now the heart breaking story of a young American gymnast. SHe appeared
>headed for stardom until she literally starved herself to death.
>Tonight some are saying that it was the pressures of the sport that
>killed her."
>"She got down to about 42 pounds at one point and the doctors were like
>'how is she even walking?' but she could," said Christy's mom.
>"In the highly competitive world of gymnastics, Christy's parents lost
>a five year battle to try to save their daughter's life. But it was one
>fight that their golden girl just couldn't win."
>Christy was a hopeful for a medal in the '92 Olympics. On July 26, 1994
>Christy died of anoerexia.
>She weighed less than 40 pounds.
>"More then anything I felt that she was robbed. Christy never had a
>chance to live. The only thing she knew was that gym." said Bo Moreno,
>Christy's fiancee.
>He blames the death on a sport that demands perfect and coaches that
>put medals before people.
>Bo refers to gymnasts as victims.
>It talks bout Cathy Rigby and her anorexia. SHe say that she does think
>the coach plays a role n the eating disorders.
>Christy's mom blames it on the system that does anything to turn up a
>champion no matter what the cost.
>Christy's mom would not let Christy start gymnastics of she could do it
>again. She would just let her be  alittle girl.
>All her parents have left is a room full of medals.
>"All the medals and all the glory in the world is not worth it. My
>beautiful daughter, she's gone forever."
>Now a reporter is talking about it:
>"Christy's death has forced USA Gymnastics into action. Now steps have
>finally been taken to educate young gymnasts about eating disorders and
>early warning signs. But there is still a long ways to go in a sport
>that is already littered with broken bodies and shattered dreams."
>That's it! Gotta go now! BYE!!!!!
>You friends,
>Margi and Mardi :)


Date:    Thu, 19 Oct 1995 22:46:46 -0400
From:    ***@AOL.COM
Subject: Re: HARD COPY

I unfortunately saw this show (trash with no substance), and a glaring
innacuracy was when they repeatedly identified Cathy Rigby as an "Olympic



Date:    Thu, 19 Oct 1995 22:28:18 EDT
From:    ***@PRODIGY.COM
Subject: Oksana Fabrichnova

>Did Oksana Fabrichnova compete at the Worlds this year??  What ever
>to her?  She was such a great gymnast and I thought she had a shot
to win the
>AA, but she just dissapeared!

I'm not sure about Worlds but she is scheduled to compete at the 1995
Subway World Challenge in Hamilton, Ontario on November 12, 1995.
Let me know if you'd like more info...


End of GYMN-L Digest - 19 Oct 1995