This book was exactly what I was looking for - a guide to competitive gymnastics written for parents of budding gymnasts. Written by the mother of world-champion and Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber, this book covers the structure and progression of U.S. competitive gymnastics, and provides advice on how to support your gymnast, and keep yourself sane. Highlights for me were the 3 interviews, one with a nutrition expert, another with a gymnastics sports physician, and another with a clinical psychologist specializing in gymnastics.
Note that this is not a memoir of Jordyn's career, although that is covered in brief. It is more shared lessons as a 'gym mom.' My only wishes are that it had covered more in terms of mom competitiveness, and that it had spent more time discussing the average competitive gymnasts career, not only elites. It does have some interesting material on how to get college scholarships, but even that is a very small percentage of competitive gymnasts. A little more time discussing how to handle disappointments, how to know when to quit or whether to quit, and the benefits of competing even if you are not destined for greatness would have been interesting to me. But of course, she is writing from her own personal experience, and Jordyn had an exceptional career all the way through, so that was not her experience.
So overall, this is a very good book for moms of gymnasts new to competition. If your daughter has been doing it for awhile, you probably won't learn anything new, but if you are just learning the ropes, this is perfect.