Little Girls in Pretty Boxes

The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters

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Jul 17, 2018

Page Count

304 Pages




Welcome to the world of women’s gymnastics and figure skating–the real world that happens away from the cameras, at the training camps and in the private lives of these talented teenage competitors. From starvation diets and debilitating injuries to the brutal tactics of tyrannical gymnastics guru Béla Károlyi, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes portrays the horrors endured by girls at the hands of their coaches and sometimes their own families–and is now updated with a new introduction and foreword that address the sexual abuse scandal perpetrated by USA Gymnastics national team doctor, Larry Nassar. This groundbreaking book shows how a longstanding culture of abuse made young gymnasts perfect targets for a sexual predator, and continues to plead for sanity, safety, and an end to our national obsession: winning at any cost.

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One of Sports Illustrated's "Top 100 Sports Books of All Time"
One of Guardian (UK)'s "Top 50 Sports Books of All Time"
"Scathing...profoundly important."—San Francisco Chronicle
"Stunning and frightening."—John Feinstein, New York Times bestselling author of A Good Walk Spoiled and TheFirst Major
"Confirms your worst suspicions about 15-year-old gymnasts in 10-year-old bodies and the terrible price they pay, regardless of success."—Phil Mushnick, New York Post
"This book will open the eyes of every girl and parent with dreams of the Olympics, and it will change forever the way America looks at two of its most beloved sports."—Billie Jean King
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