There has always been something about women's gymnastics that brings out
the slime in some people. Although the girls are amazing athletes, there is a
push towards hyper-sexuality and overt posing that is only this side of porn.
The fact that the athletes are so young makes it doubly creepy. Also--consider
this, before you get defensive about that statement. Why is it that mens
gymnastics has no audience whatsoever to speak of (quick--name the top three
mens gymnasts in the country...). Why in college gymnastics is even more
emphasis placed on hip jiggling and come hither poses? It reminds me of going to
a Ute basketball game in the eighties. The Starz Drill Team girls were
performing at halftime with kids as young as six and seven wearing makeup and
poofed up hair in skin tight glittery outfits and doing their little sexy
moves---it was a bit stomach turning. I don't think we should be surprised
when perverted behavior is linked to this sport. The athletes are truly
athletes, but the men who follow this sport (and sometimes the ones who lead it)
often strike me as too taken with oggling young girls' bodies.