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Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams Hardcover – 1 May 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061351466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061351464
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 639,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Chalked Up pulls no punches.Sey's writing is brilliant.offering perceptive psychoanalysis of everyone in her isolated world.Chalked Up is proof that she still has alot of guts." -- International Gymnast

"A courageous story befitting a comeback kid-a timely release for the 2008 Olympics." -- Publishers Weekly

"Is the wonder of seeing these tiny bodies propel through space worth the horror they suffer to achieve grace and beauty? Or--and this is a conclusion the Sey refuses to draw--is this "sport" just institutionalized, commercialized, child abuse?"--Penthouse

"Sey writes with vivid, clear-eyed candor; she doesn't blame others, instead feeling that all the pressure came from within...To this day, this former athlete, now a highly successful businesswoman, is haunted by feelings of failure. Young athletes and their parents would appreciate Sey's book."--Library Journal

"Chalked Up pulls no punches...Sey's writing is brilliant...offering perceptive psychoanalysis of everyone in her isolated world...Chalked Up is proof that she still has alot of guts."--International Gymnast

"A cautionary tale to not just athletes, parents, coaches, and judges but to fans of gymnastics... intense, gripping, and powerful."--Kathryn Bertine, ESPN columnist and author of All the Sundays Yet to Come: A Skater's Journey

"A courageous story befitting a comeback kid--a timely release for the 2008 Olympics."--Publishers Weekly

"Sey's memoir has sent shock waves through the tightly knit world of top athletes, sparking controversy...She hopes her book might serve as both a wake-up call to a sport that she says she still loves and a lesson to parents whose children enter the world of top athletics."--The Observer, UK

"CURLING UP WITH A GOOD HEALTH BOOK: In 1986 Sey was the number one gymnast in America. Her memoir recounts what it took to get there. As a former gymnast myself (no where NEAR as accomplished), I relished this unvarnished account of the sport."--Real Simple Magazine (blog), Liz Krieger

"A remarkably candid, unblinking portrait of what it truly takes to become a champion...that may forever alter the way you watch sports."--Jake Tapper, Senior National Correspondent, ABC News

"She has eloquently and fairly exposed a dark side to our sport that parents have long needed to be made aware of."--Dominique Moceanu, Olympic Gold Medal Winning Gymnast

A cautionary tale to not just athletes, parents, coaches, and judges but to fans of gymnastics intense, gripping, and powerful. --Kathryn Bertine, ESPN columnist and author of All the Sundays Yet to Come: A Skater's Journey"

A remarkably candid, unblinking portrait of what it truly takes to become a champion that may forever alter the way you watch sports. --Jake Tapper, Senior National Correspondent, ABC News"

Chalked Up pulls no punches Sey s writing is brilliant offering perceptive psychoanalysis of everyone in her isolated world Chalked Up is proof that she still has alot of guts. --International Gymnast"

She has eloquently and fairly exposed a dark side to our sport that parents have long needed to be made aware of. --Dominique Moceanu, Olympic Gold Medal Winning Gymnast"

Sey writes with vivid, clear-eyed candor; she doesn t blame others, instead feeling that all the pressure came from within To this day, this former athlete, now a highly successful businesswoman, is haunted by feelings of failure. Young athletes and their parents would appreciate Sey s book. --Library Journal"

A courageous story befitting a comeback kid a timely release for the 2008 Olympics. --Publishers Weekly"

Is the wonder of seeing these tiny bodies propel through space worth the horror they suffer to achieve grace and beauty? Or and this is a conclusion the Sey refuses to draw is this sport just institutionalized, commercialized, child abuse? --Penthouse"

CURLING UP WITH A GOOD HEALTH BOOK: In 1986 Sey was the number one gymnast in America. Her memoir recounts what it took to get there. As a former gymnast myself (no where NEAR as accomplished), I relished this unvarnished account of the sport. --Real Simple Magazine (blog), Liz Krieger"

Sey s memoir has sent shock waves through the tightly knit world of top athletes, sparking controversy She hopes her book might serve as both a wake-up call to a sport that she says she still loves and a lesson to parents whose children enter the world of top athletics. --The Observer, UK" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

The 1986 national gymnastics champion and a seven-time U.S. National team member, Jennifer Sey is a graduate of Stanford University. She lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco.

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