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Brittney Harris Sociology 203 Professor Lewis 3 May 2007 Exam The gymnast’s main influence is their coach. They want to be the best and he will get them there. At this level they are willing to do anything he says to become the best. Most give up school, friends and even food to satisfy their coach’s wants. Gymnastics becomes a gymnast’s master status when they are on the road to be elite. A master status is the status that is most important about that individual, not always chosen freely. Once this develops their childhood is gone. It is prime to be between nine and eighteen to meet the physical requirements to be an elite gymnast. They learned from day one that it is necessary to be lean and limber. Most gyms required their athletes to get on a scale everyday to make sure they have not gained too much weight. This caused the girls to have a low self-image which sometimes led to an eating disorder or depression.
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