As many know, I have been involved with the sport of gymnastics since I was five. I grew up with leadership that preached to me integrity and to stand up for what I believe in. In the process gymnastics has brought me great joy, many frustrations, and in many respects the sport and industry has made me who I am today. There are hundreds like me still involved in the gymnastics world and they are looking at our current situation and laughing.
Yes, I said I am laughing! Not at the seriousness of what has transpired. Not at the victims whose lives have been forever changed by what has been done to them. But at the people, the same old names and faces that have been in and out of the leadership for decades, now stepping up and wanting of “fix” the major problems with not only how we approach training, certification, and disbursement of information, but how the National Governing Body functions and leads us.
The same folks who have been in and out of leadership in one way or another, are attempting to sell to the “flock” of the USAG membership that “they” can solve the issues, create change, retool and or fix USA Gymnastics. Remember, these are the same people who, in one way or another, have been or were, involved with the process and system that has brought us to where we are today. They help give us this system full of scandal, cover-ups, back room deals, and a system designed to win at all costs. Also keep in mind that LIVES HAVE BEEN RUINED and altered forever by the actions taken by the leadership of the past several decades.
My questions to everyone here is, are we going to sit back and let the system that failed SOO many of its membership get rebuilt by the same people who destroyed it?
I ask you this because that is what we in the gymnastics community are currently hearing from our past/current leadership. This is what we are hearing from the leadership of the past, “We have the solutions, we have the group of people that can solve and resolve these matters and make our sport safe, viable and thriving again…” The cold hard truth of the matter is that I DON’T BELIEVE YOU and neither does your membership.
I am guessing that all the past leadership feels that the so called “flock”, the USAG Members, are stupid and willing to blindly follow the same leadership that has all but destroyed USA Gymnastics. I am here to tell them that the USA Gymnastics membership will NOT blindly follow you back into a system that cares more about winning at the elite levels MORE than the success and well-being of every athlete inside of its program. After all what is the definition of INSANITY?
I have many friends in this sport and I urge all of you to band together in support of getting rid of ALL the old leadership as WE, the ones who have been told for years that, “you are not ready…”, “you have not paid your dues…”, “your time will come…” Well guess what, THE TIME HAS COME, AND THAT TIME IS NOW!!!
Now is the time for a new leader, a “HERO”, a person or person’s that all can support and rally behind. No I don’t know who that is at present, but here is what I do know, leaders always rise to the top in the face of adversity. Hero’s come out of massive crisis and struggles… As we step up and say NO to all the previous leadership, the new leadership will begin to emerge, define themselves, and begin to SOLVE THESE VERY COMPLEX PROBLEMS that has been created by decades of misguided leadership and greed.
I am Bryan Kiser, I live BOLD using my expertise and experience to help as many people as I can to be better now than they were a minute ago and even better tomorrow than they are today. The sets of life’s waves of opportunity are coming in clean and big…. gotta go!