The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters.
Top 100 Sports Books of All Time by Sports Illustrated. Top 50 Sports Books of All Time in the Guardian. Top Three Sports Books of 1995 by The Sporting News
“Ryan’s findings are sad and devastating…as vital and troubling a work as the sports world has seen in a long time.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
“Ryan is horrifyingly specific in her descriptions of individual cases.” – The New Yorker (Recommended Reading)
“A detailed condemnation of the intense physical and mental training that some of these girls endure.” – Sports Illustrated
“Joan Ryan tells it so magnificently that I believe no parents should be permitted to let their children become gymnasts unless they have read her book and mastered her lessons.” – Woodland Hills (CA) Daily News.
“Scathing…profoundly important.” – San Francisco Chronicle