The End of the Perfect 10

  • by Dvora Meyers
  • Narrated by Elise Arsenault
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was the team finals of women's gymnastics in the 2012 Olympics, and McKayla Maroney was on top of her game. The 16-year-old US gymnast was performing arguably the best vault of all time, launching herself unimaginably high into the air and sticking a flawless landing. When her score came, many were baffled: 16.233. Three-tenths of a point stood between her and a perfect score. If that vault wasn't perfection, what was?
For years gymnastics was scored on a 10.0 scale. When this scoring system caused major judging controversies at the 2004 Olympics, international elite gymnastics made the switch to the open-ended scoring system it uses today, forever altering the sport in the process.
Gymnastics insider Dvora Meyers examines the evolution of elite women's gymnastics over the last few decades. With insight, flair, and a boundless love for the sport, Meyers answers questions that gymnastics fans have been asking since the last perfect score was handed out over 20 years ago. She reveals why successful female gymnasts are older and more athletic than they have ever been before, how the United States became a gymnastics powerhouse, and what the future of gymnastics will hold.

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Insightful and wonderfully entertaining

Meyer's history of gymnastic's iconic score and the development of the sport in the US will change any lay viewer into a super fan. The insightful book covers everything from the first ten to the NCAA collegiate system. I've admittedly listened to the book three times now, but find it fresh and entertaining each time. With the exception of some mispronunciation of names, the performance is stellar. I would highly recommend for anyone, regardless of their gymnastics background.
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Great but pronunciation is key...

Great book, unbiased and thorough. Good information from the inception of the sport to the near present, and not just about the Americans.
Huge issues to name pronunciation though! It's spelled Martha but we all know it's pronounced Marta... and sometimes name pronunciations would change from sentence to sentence, like Iordache and Peszek. Real killer on the ears. But I wouldn't let that deter you from listening... it's really a good read, just be prepared.
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- Sydney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio