Alexandra Laundry competed in the final of her career at the 2012 London Olympics. What she considered to be the culmination of her youthful life as a gymnast continues to haunt her to this day after years of physical and mental abuse.
Laundry was one of 270 people who signed an open letter asking Sport Canada to launch an independent investigation.
In Gymnastics Canada everyone condemns what they call “toxic culture” and “abusive practices”.
Born in Montreal when she was 15, one day when a teenager was not exercising, she was not trained when a trainer told her not to eat anything but watermelon and not to drink anything but water. “And I was told to brush my teeth and go to bed if I was still hungry. ⁇
Laundry is an elite athlete who practices 10 hours a day. But her body did not meet the standards of her trainer.
“In rhythmic gymnastics, it’s very important how you look on the mat,” Laundry explained. Newspaper. When my body started to change, I was subjected to a lot of psychological abuse related to my weight. ⁇
“I have …