On Chloe Sims: "Chloe is a little behind with a recent setback... I expect her to be in the running again soon." Apparently she has also had "disciplinary problems" and is now learning to understand "what the rules are".
On Kerby Purcell: "She has a decent vault but right now I don't think she's really in the running for the Olympic team".
If I had the ways and means I'd send a little letter to Ms Sims saying, "there are still fans out there who have big hopes for you! You can do it, we know you can! Don't be so hard on yourself and don't take anybody's crap!" and who knows, some Remember the Titans music might come wafting out of the envelope in the process...
Anyway, this relates to the supplement because I personally feel that letting the public know about her disciplinary problems (whatever they may have been) is not an appropriate or effective way to get an athlete to toe the line. She always seems to get criticised before she gets praised. Chloe will have so much pressure on her going into Nationals and trials, she doesn't need these comments on her mind as well (same for Kerby). Chloe needs to be appraised more and criticised less (or at least, more contructively). Because these kind of comments shape how she is viewed by an audience and their expectations of her, particularly an international audience. Her family and fans don't need to read constant criticism about her in the newspapers or other publications (they DO keep scrapbooks y'know). She doesn't need to be thought of as an unpredictable headcase, and I would hate for commentators to play up this angle when she competes. Chloe has very admirable qualities and some daring skills, and the fact that she's kept going after so many knocks is, I certainly hope, testament to the fact that she really, really wants to deliver in Beijing.
For her team, her coaches, her fans and most importantly herself.
(and here endeth this week's episode of Tooched Boy en Airn-jell)