It's awesome that there are former gymnasts here. I was an elite gymnast from '82-84. We have a lot of insight and perspective to share.
Gymnastics is a beautiful but brutal sport. I was grabbed by the neck. I competed on a broken ankle. I was told at a competition in another city that if i cried (from the pain of the ankle) that i would be pulled out of the competition and put on a plane immediately. Bottom line? The Karolyi's get results because they use Eastern Bloc methods--the same as the Chinese, the former USSR. What made them so good are the training methods now used at the ranch. It really is nearly impossible to be competitive with the old 'American' methods of coaching, which in retrospect seem undisciplined and coddling. If the US wants results, the Karolyi's aren't going anywhere. I doubt they will ever be sanctioned by the USGA. It's a choice--be competitive on the world stage, or go back to the old system.