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Courtney!!! Milan 🦖 @courtneymilan
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Thread about Eteri (in figure skating).
I think there is a knee-jerk desire to say that athletes are inherently in a healthy class of human beings. I was disabused of that when I read Tyler Hamilton’s THE SECRET RACE.
It wasn’t just the doping. It was the fact that even cyclists during the Tour were encouraged to eat so little that they all had eating disorders, because weighing less=less to pedal up mountains.
(I should say “many had eating disorders,” not “all.” I don’t know about all.) The thing that stuck with me is how Hamilton said that at the peak of his training, he could barely walk into town to have dinner with his wife.
There are people saying even now that Eteri’s training can’t be unhealthy because there’s a team doctor, as if we are not in the direct aftermath of Larry Nassar.

We all *know* that people look the other way.
In any event, health is complicated and it’s frustrating to see people insisting that what is being done to young girls who don’t really have advocates is just FINE as long as they’re winning.
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