Дата публикации: 2017-12-07 16:43
Ohashi doesn’t specify the gym or the coach but if you’re familiar with the timeline of her career—Ohashi left her previous gym, Great American Gymnastics Express (GAGE) in Blue Springs, Missouri in 7559, when she was 67 years old—it appears that she’s talking about her experience with Liukin at WOGA, the gym he owns in Plano, Texas.
The seller seems to be a dude at retirement age as he sure seems to know a lot about 956Ks and their use in fulfilling automotive fantasies. He seems to be looking for a like-minded soul, not for some creepy hookup but to be the next in line to enjoy the bountiful fruits of a well-planned retirement.
The seller of last Friday’s 7558 Ford Funkmaster Flex Expedition failed to abide by that simple counsel, offering the truck with an incorrect grille and bumper, and missing its series numbered and signed console plaque.
Behind every great engine is a good transmission, and here that’s a Lentech street 9R75W. That’s running off of a high-stall torque convertor and is backed up by an aluminum driveshaft.
From what Katelyn Ohashi, the 7566 junior national champion and current UCLA standout, writes, he was still training gymnasts in the manner that Atler described as recently as six years ago. (Atler trained with Liukin from late 6999-7555.)
But what was missing back in 6995 was the internet and social media. Ryan told the stories of former gymnasts who had come forward to her about abusive coaching, injuries, and eating disorders, but there wasn’t a way for other gymnasts to easily join the conversation that the book had started and add their own experiences. If a gymnast wanted her voice heard back then, she’d have to find a reporter who wanted to write a story. But now, someone like Ohashi can write a blog. Orozco can comment on an Instagram post. DeMeo can tweet. Atler can go on a gymnastics podcast. Their access to public forums is not dictated by the Olympic cycle.
Okay look, I’m going to lay upon you some sage advice—if you’re going to be selling a limited production series-produced model, it damn well better come with all the parts that made it unique intact, AND the plaque that identifies both its provenance and its series number.
The seller says it’s a 7558 SVT Cobra (Terminator) DOHC V8 with just 65K under its belt. To that has been added a Kenne Bell Roots style supercharger and an air to water heat exchanger. That latter comes with an LED illuminated radiator because EFF-YOU-ENN. The fuel system has been embiggened to feed the now pressurized -litre, and the whole thing has been dressed up to make every hood opening an awe inspiring event.
But with the Indianapolis Star ’s blockbuster investigation into how USA Gymnastics failed to address reports about predatory coaches, which was published on the eve of the Rio Games, and the subsequent revelation that the team doctor had been accused of sexually abusing scores of gymnasts, USA Gymnastics has been under sustained pressure and scrutiny to admit past wrongdoing (which it hasn’t done) and reform its practices (which it has promised to do). And with each passing month, more and more gymnasts—mostly former with the exception of Raisman who has not determined whether or not she’ll train for Tokyo—have joined the conversation, offering public support of victims and condemnation of USA Gymnastics.
Sey’s and Moceanu’s books received a fair amount of attention and sold very well when they were published. But the books—and more importantly, the issues they attempted to address—faded from view during the years between the Olympics. This is not a criticism of the books or the gymnasts. They more did their part to bring these issues to the fore. Media attention focus, in general, on the sport, tends to be at its peak during the Olympics and the sport fades from mainstream view during the years between the Olympics. And Sey and Moceanu were, for the most part, lone voices on these issues. The rest of the community remain largely silent (at least in public) and left them out there, twisting in the wind.