No, I totally get it. It comes off as harsh but it’s also the truth. She has almost zero self-awareness which is actually kind of sad. Like, in San Jose she truly thought she was going to make the Olympic team. When she didn’t make it, she was crushed. Like, I’ve had some pretty high stakes life changing opportunities and you have to believe that you WILL get it against the odds but you also have to know who you are and where your talent lies in relation to other people? BE REALISTIC. If you know that you max out at like 56 in the AA, you vault an FTY when the top 6 contenders are all doing Amanars, why on earth would you think you’d make it!? Like, I’m thrilled she made Worlds in 2011 because she deserved that moment but after 2011, everyone else got stronger/better and she stayed at the same level she’d been at since 2009. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out you’re prob not making the Olympic team, and now that you’ll be in your 20s when the next games roll around and you haven’t competed in over two years, how is it possible your success is a given? Unless she is secretly training like, an Amanar and 6.0+ difficulty everywhere else, it’s just not gonna happen. Someone has to have told her this!? Is everyone in fantasy land? Dreams are great but you need to know your limits and be realistic about how far your abilities will take you. Or just move to like, Sweden or Puerto Rico or New Zealand so you can make this dream come true.
So I think someone did say this to Sabrina at some point. I remember in the last few articles leading up to Olympic Trials both Anna Li’s coaches/parents and Sabrina’s coaches made it clear that they were “aware.” Can’t remember who said what but one coach said the best we can hope for is alternate and another was… harsher. Sabrina’s coaches might have been the harsher ones because I remember us thinking that had something to do with the gym switch.
And I understand being realistic and all to your gymnast. What bothered me is like telling news articles before they’re gonna compete that you don’t really think the person/child that you have been training their entire life doesn’t have a shot. On both sides, I thought it was kinda messed up.
Which is worse…? Crushing disappointment being filmed on a live telecast or managed expectations (with possibly crushing disappointment) prior to the event. I feel like Kennedy Bake could be used as a great example of managed expectations. She was basically thrilled just to be at Olympic trials.
And I think youre right about it being Sabrina’s coaches because Tim was talking about it during trials that “someone got it in her head” and that their goal for her was alternate.
Chelsea was on the 2003 team though and Ivana was on the 2007 team