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The 1986 national gymnastics champion and a seven-time U.S. National team member, Jennifer Sey is a graduate of Stanford University. She lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco.


"A cautionary tale to not just athletes, parents, coaches, and judges but to fans of gymnastics... intense, gripping, and powerful."--Kathryn Bertine, ESPN columnist and author of All the Sundays Yet to Come: A Skater's Journey
"A courageous story befitting a comeback kid--a timely release for the 2008 Olympics."--Publishers Weekly
"A remarkably candid, unblinking portrait of what it truly takes to become a champion...that may forever alter the way you watch sports."--Jake Tapper, Senior National Correspondent, ABC News
"Chalked Up pulls no punches...Sey's writing is brilliant...offering perceptive psychoanalysis of everyone in her isolated world...Chalked Up is proof that she still has alot of guts."--International Gymnast
"CURLING UP WITH A GOOD HEALTH BOOK: In 1986 Sey was the number one gymnast in America. Her memoir recounts what it took to get there. As a former gymnast myself (no where NEAR as accomplished), I relished this unvarnished account of the sport."--Real Simple Magazine (blog), Liz Krieger
"Is the wonder of seeing these tiny bodies propel through space worth the horror they suffer to achieve grace and beauty? Or--and this is a conclusion the Sey refuses to draw--is this "sport" just institutionalized, commercialized, child abuse?"--Penthouse
"Sey writes with vivid, clear-eyed candor; she doesn't blame others, instead feeling that all the pressure came from within...To this day, this former athlete, now a highly successful businesswoman, is haunted by feelings of failure. Young athletes and their parents would appreciate Sey's book."--Library Journal
"Sey's memoir has sent shock waves through the tightly knit world of top athletes, sparking controversy...She hopes her book might serve as both a wake-up call to a sport that she says she still loves and a lesson to parents whose children enter the world of top athletics."--The Observer, UK
"She has eloquently and fairly exposed a dark side to our sport that parents have long needed to be made aware of."--Dominique Moceanu, Olympic Gold Medal Winning Gymnast

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