When an unidentified sixteen-year-old girl is found dead with signs of sexual assault, bruises, healed fractures, and hard callouses on her hands, but wearing expensive jewelry and running ... See full summary »

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When an unidentified sixteen-year-old girl is found dead with signs of sexual assault, bruises, healed fractures, and hard callouses on her hands, but wearing expensive jewelry and running shoes, SVU detectives suspect long-term abuse on many levels. However, they soon discover that the murdered girl, Kristy, was a star gymnast in-training with a harsh coach, secretly receiving special attention from an older man who was a major benefactor at her gym, and they realize that this was most likely not the work of a stranger. Further investigation into her life, and death, reveal that this young woman had more than a few astonishing secrets. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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The gymnastics coach character, Ilya Korska, is based on Romanian Bela Karolyi who, through tough love, successfully coached several gymnastics world champions - Nadia_Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Julianne McNamara, and Kerri Strug. See more »

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When Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) update the Captain that Mrs. Bryce was not the victim's mother, you can see Chris Meloni's microphone attached to his pants and the wire running up his back. See more »

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A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: These girls sacrifice their childhoods to succeed, they're starved for affection.
Detective Olivia Benson: Not to mention food. They stop eating to maintain weight, no food, no menstrual cycle, no menstrual cycle, no estrogen, no estrogen, no growth: physically, mentally AND sexually.
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Nothing to charge him with
14 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When Benson and Stabler first catch a case of a young adolescent entering puberty it was natural given their type of police work to assume she's an adolescent prostitute. They certainly go off in that direction and even manage to bust a producer of kiddie porn. But he and his world had nothing to do with what happened to their victim.

The victim was in fact in New York from California and she was here because she was training with Philip Casnoff to be a champion gymnast. This episode really belongs to Casnoff, he plays a refugee from Bulgaria who is singleminded in his pursuit of turning out champion athletes. So singleminded he forgets that he's dealing with children. Presuming he was doing this in Bulgaria what must those Bulgarian girls turn into if he's typical.

He in fact, but most indirectly is the cause of his charge's death. He really ought to go to the slammer, but there's nothing that the SVU squad can charge him with.


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