#gymnastics

Children in China train hard for Olympics gymnastics (Photo Credit: /Pixabay)

  • China is known to be one of the most successful Olympic nations 
  • Lives of young athletes being honed for Olympic glory 
  • Tough nature of gymnastic drills in store for trainees at China's gymnastic training centres

.Xiantao, Hubei, China
China is one of the most successful Olympic nations. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • Children as young as four are trained in China's gymnastics schools
  • The delayed Tokyo Olympics, starting in July, will be the culmination of years of training for China's top gymnasts
  • The pressure to succeed is high, after China's gymnastics team failed to win a gold medal at Rio 2016

.Athens, Greece
Greek gymnasts alleged of "harsh and abusive" practices dating back to 1985. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • 22 female and male athletes levelled allegations of abuse against their coaches in a letter 
  • The letter was sent to the Greek President, Prime Minister and sports authorities
  • The abusive practices include forced fasting, psychological and physical punishment and sexual harassment

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Mckayla Maroney was one of the many US gymnasts who openly spoke against their sex offender "team doctor" Larry Nassar. (Photo credits: Twitter/@McKaylaMaroney)

  • Mckayla was part of the "Fierce Five" team coached by the controversial coach John Geddert
  • The gymnast posted a picture of herself in the hospital 
  • She has been diagnosed with kidney stones

.Michigan City, IN, USA
John Gerald Geddert coached Olympic winner Jordyn Wieber. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Geddert won the USA National Coach of the Year Award in 2007
  • He retired in 2018 after being suspended by US Gymnastics
  • Geddert came under scrutiny due to his association with sex offender Larry Nassar

.Michigan City, IN, USA
USA Gymnastics suspended John Geddert in 2018. (Photo Credit: AFP Photo)

  • Earlier in the day, John Geddert was targeted in a 24-count complaint
  • He faced two first-degree sexual assault charges carrying a sentence of up to life in prison
  • Geddert, 63, came under scrutiny because of his close relationship with sex offender Larry Nassar

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
John Gerald Geddert coached Olympic winner Jordyn Wieber. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Geddert faces two first-degree sexual assault charges
  • The Gymnastics coach was suspended in 2018
  • Geddert owned the training facility where sex offender Larry Nassar served as the gym doctor

.Arizona, USA
Nia Dennis said that she wanted her dance routine to be an expression of everything black people can do. (Photo credit: Twitter @DennisNia)

  • The video was first shared by the official account of UCLA Gymnastics on Twitter
  • The video captured Dennis performing her dance routine while competing against Arizona State
  • Dennis’ routine was awarded a spectacular 9.950 by the judges