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The End of the Perfect 10 by Dvora Meyers
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The End of the Perfect 10

The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics' Top Score from Nadia to Now

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Narrator Elise Arsenault
Length 10 hours 18 minutes
Language English
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It was the team finals of women's gymnastics in the 2012 Olympics, and McKayla Maroney was on top of her game. The sixteen-year-old U.S. 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 twenty 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.

Dvora Meyers is a New York-based award-winning writer and journalist. She is a former gymnast and in 2012, she provided all of the Olympic gymnastics coverage for Deadspin and Jezebel, chronicling the results of the competition as well as her own commentary. Her work on the sport has also appeared in ESPN, Slate, VICE, and the Atlantic. Her other non-gymnastics related writing has been published in the New York Times, Elle, Tablet, New York Magazine, and several other publications.

Elise Arsenault is a classically trained actor, singer, and voice-over artist. She has worked throughout the country with various regional theaters, including Merrimack Rep, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Ivoryton Playhouse, Imagination Stage, and the Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian Institute. Elise holds a BA from George Mason University and received further training at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University. Her performances have been praised as high-strung, versatile and full of flair.

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Reviews

"Well-timed and well-researched, with exhaustive detail and useful anecdotes, this book feels like a backstage pass to the mysterious world of Olympic athletics." ---Library Journal Expand reviews