I wondered myself if the vault clips from 82-88 were from full episodes that were edited down. It would be amazing if we could find the person that originally taped them and they still had the original tapes! I’m certain there is soooo much great material to be seen that didn’t end up in the edits.
Well “mysterious taper”, if you’re out there and reading this, please consider finding, digitizing, and sharing the original tapes! It would be so much appreciated!
I thought the same thing. I'm hearing mental health a lot now. I don't blame Simone, but I'd rather that mental health not be brought up. Yes, it needs discussion, but not a reason for stepping down. Her reason is valid enough - a lot of gymnasts have it happen. Where you don't know where you are in the air or there's a mental lapse, and no one knows why it happens but it does. And then it's in your head, that you didn't know where you were. It's very similar to figure skaters who suddenly develop vertigo. And I don't know but I also relate it to pilots who suddenly can't discern water from the sky with their vision or how your brain suddenly perceives things. But I agree, I don't want 'mental health' as the go-to all of a sudden. After and still during COVID, we all were in the same boat really as far as adjusting to life, maybe feeling more alone, taxing our mental health. But I sure can't blame it for my job and say I'm not showing up today because of my mental health. Just saying that you're flying blind, something happened, you're physically OK you think, but I couldn't tell where I was is enough.
I often think of Mardy Fish who brought this up years ago, and he wasn't a champion or anything really but it crippled him for about 5 years, and really people called him a wuss and a failure. No one rallied and understood. I guess it helps if you're backed by Nike and suddenly use your popularity and clout to cop out. He didn't get the Michael Phelps of the world coming to his defense, and MP got some huge breaks of his own that other people would not get when it comes to alcohol.
Yeah, if this was part of a greater story (like Phyllis falling for Jack again and Sally is the obstacle—everything is in place to tell that story), it would be fine. Right now, I feel like they are hedging their bets on pretty much every story.