La Mère Joubert
Other (please identify)
There's a mom at my rink who's the ultimate skating mom! The daughter is a national level skater. The mom coaches her when she doesn't have a lesson with her coach. The poor girl is always crying and doesn't seem to want to skate when her mom is telling her what to do. This has been going on for years and she has slapped her before. Back to the thread, I say Bonaly and Harding.
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I love these reference.
Sport: Heir to Henie
Monday, Mar. 15, 1937 (Cecelia Colledge)
Sport: Mothers & Daughters
Monday, Mar. 26, 1956, Time Magazine (Tenley Albright, Carol Heiss, and Ronnie Roberts)
Lordie, what a list of Nasty Nasties (while caring for their darlings, of course)! Having witnessed Mama Chin's antics up-close-and-personal in the early 1980s, I crown her my Dragon Lady of All Time. Yu-Na's mom is just the best-known of the moment.
I keep reading about Mama Chin but don't know the story. What did she do?
"...some people are moulded by their admiration, others by their hostilities.”
― Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart
And FWIW, even in gossipy forums like this one, we don't always hear everything about what the worst skating moms do. If we did, I suspect people would be even more
Stale pastry is hollow succour to a man who is bereft of ostrich. - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
I say Mama Chin. Mama Kim seems positively mild by comparison.
I'm really curious about Michelle Cho as well. What happened to her to have legal and social workers on her case?!
Mama Chin - just incredibly pushy, non-smiling, making her daughter cry a lot, etc, etc. For ex., in Nationals competitions of the 80s fans were able to take the same buses between the hotel and arenas, where many of us would see her be harsh with the daughter OR say catty things to family of Tiffany's close competitors, such as Debi Thomas' mom and brother. [Chin & Thomas went up-the-ranks in tandem and both were from California, so it went way back I believe.] later (85 or 86) CBS captured Mama Chin trying to tell Tiffany what to say during a fluff interview, with mama trying to tell the cameraman to stop filming (something like that). It only showed a sliver of the character that folks saw in hotel lobbies, buses and such. That said, I have no doubt that the mother did everything for the love of the Tiffany but it made many people so uncomfortable.
At Pittsburgh Nationals in 83, I remember one time when we saw Mama Chin get on the bus right before the doors closed, a famous competitor sitting behind me & my mom said in earshot of several persons, "Hey, we just hit the jackpot!"...and half of the bus roared with laughter. Ah, memories of Nationals long gone!
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I also vote Chin. Any mom who ignores the extent of her child's injuries, then makes up her own diagnosis, is in parent-from-hell hall of fame in my eyes.
AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan
Tiffany was talking about why she'd done badly in a certain competition and Mama Chin interrupted to tell Tiffany she was full of shit and yell at her for having been unprepared for the competition.CBS captured Mama Chin trying to tell Tiffany what to say during a fluff interview, with mama trying to tell the cameraman to stop filming (something like that).
The Japan Times, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
Orser believes, contrary to the image of some skating mothers, that Yu Na's mom has been a real asset.
"Her mom has been a tremendous help, too," he revealed. "A lot of these moms get a bad rap, but not Yu Na's mom. She really is very accurate. We have our meetings every week or every two weeks, when we discuss where we are going and what we need to do.
"We discuss what the other competitors are doing and what they are skating to and what they are wearing. The mother is very competitive. We usually agree when it's time to do double run-throughs or spend more time on spins. The mother has a good eye."
ITA with you on this one.And FWIW, even in gossipy forums like this one, we don't always hear everything about what the worst skating moms do. If we did, I suspect people would be even more
I've even heard rumors that say some skating parents have been involved in show business of the sleaziest kind. I won't share the details now and I hope discussing non-skating life of skaters' family does not escalate to the extent where I just might decide to do so.