Maroney: Abused hundreds of times by Nassar

Friday, 20 Apr, 2018

Wieber and Dantszher are not the only Olympians testifying before the Senate subcommittee Wednesday.

Interviews with former USA Gymnastics national team coordinators and owners of the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas, Bela and Martha Karolyi, who have not yet spoken about the Nassar scandal, are also featured in this hourlong special.

At the time, Maroney thought Nassar, the USA Gymnastics team doctor, was just being kind.

They were joined by speedskater Bridie Farrel and figure skater Craig Maurizi, both of whom have said they were abused by a mentor or coach while they were competing in their sport. She filed a lawsuit in California Tuesday alleging Michigan State and former USA Gymnastics leaders hid Nassar's conduct from the public and law enforcement. The hearing is titled "Olympic Abuse: The Role of National Governing Bodies in Protecting our Athletes".

The subcommittee also plans to hold another hearing to get testimony from USA Olympics and Michigan State University.

Dr. Larry Nassar 54 appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing Mich. Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting young athletes for years under
Larry Nassar was convicted of multiple sex crimes

It was only earlier this year that disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for multiple counts of sexual misconduct and child pornography, so the bad aftermath his victims have to endure will probably linger for quite some time. "I don't want to tell anybody about this, '" she recalled. "I don't think there is anything more freeing". "I had done nothing wrong except speak the truth.their respnse was to blame the victim". Maroney claims he would take advantage of the gymnasts' insecurities, depicting himself as a savior of sorts, in the midst of competitions. He was allowed to treat us in hotel rooms alone and without any supervision.

Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor, pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault.

"Within the gymnastics world, there's no question we need to rebuild from the ground up so this never happens again", Maroney said.

Olympic gymnasts Jordyn Wieber and Jamie Dantzscher recounted to the senators their now familiar accounts of how Nassar, who treated America's Olympic women gymnasts for more than two decades, assaulted them under the guise of medical treatments, through massaging techniques they only realized years later had actually been sexual assaults. Nassar used that as an opportunity to get closer to the athletes.

"They're still refusing to admit what the problem really is, and that they're accountable for it - that's what's missing", she said. Speaking up about her experience, she said, was like "lifting a weight off my shoulders".

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