RIO DE JANEIRO—“The single most difficult and dangerous maneuver in women’s gymnastics—and maybe the most daring of the entire Olympic Games—won’t be attempted by anyone on Team USA.” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/7/16 Cohen and Radnofsky
As the Olympic feats become more and more difficult, coaches ask themselves: “When is enough, enough?” “The Produnova vault is too dangerous,” say our US Gymnastics’ Team Members and Coaches. Sure it would get you some hefty points if it were done correctly. But if not, you face death or paralysis.
Daredevils come in every shape and size, and to those who are Daredevil Travelers, we beg you to do your homework. Find out about the dangers of the country you plan to visit before you book your trip. When we traveled together as a family, our leader Ron, made sure the places we were going were relatively safe. We knew we would not be tracking wild boar in Pakistan nor heading deep into the Sudan. Lebanon and Syria were also on our ‘Just say “NO” list.’ And if you’re thinking of checking out that sweet little country that sits between Turkey and Russia, described as “the Alps meet the Mediterranean,” better find another song and get “Georgia off your mind.”
Do your homework to make sure the adventure outweighs the risks. Terrorist attacks can happen anywhere in the world. But make sure you are looking logically at the risk, not your own uncertainty of its degree. Life is full of danger. After we lost our son in a car fire just a few miles from home, we realized, staying close to home is no guarantee of safety. But planning ahead and common sense go a long way!
We still heartily recommend AWE – Adventure With Engagement. But before you race toward your next international adventure – or your next Produnova Vault, check out the risks. And learn when to Just say “No.”
But to all the other stuff, remember: