She was peacing out because the walls were closing in and the ranch was always a shortsighted, ill-conceived, POS idea from the very beginning. The USA is not Romania. They don’t sweep their gymnasts off to some remote shack on a mountaintop away from family and friends. Unfortunately, some jacka$$ did think it was a good idea to completely transform women's gymnastics in the US, sequester the gymnasts away from parents and supervision if only for just a few weeks or so out of a year. God forbid anyone ever thinks shutting athletes away again in some secluded sh!thole is a smart idea. And to think people wanted USFS to adopt a similar program. I shudder to think...It's creepy how everyone kept saying this was Marta's LAST Olympics and in retrospect she was just peacing out because she knew USAG was about to go down the tubes.
Eta: the coaches who adopted the abusive style introduced at the ranch should not get a pass. They’re adults who should have known better and resisted the pathetic groveling and a$$ kissing they were engaging in to curry favor for their gymnasts. How pathetic. Your actions dictate the consequences — and theirs certainly did.