Sunday, 27 May, 2018

Olympians Wieber, Dantzscher to testify at US Senate hearing

McKayla Maroney and Larry Nassar McKayla Maroney and Larry Nassar Getty Images
Lillian Steele | 20 April, 2018, 01:00

Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee and Michigan State University, claiming those organizations did nothing as she was allegedly abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Maroney, a member of the victorious US team at the 2012 London Olympics, told Today Show's Savannah Guthrie that the abuse by Nassar started at her first meeting with him when she was 13 and continued for years afterwards.

Maroney - who says she was molested by Nassar hundreds of times - told NBC News that she was so hungry from grueling workouts that she was grateful for the most basic of gifts from the doctor.

Nassar's victims have said the doctor secured their trust before using supposed medical treatments as an excuse to molest them.

"He said that nobody would understand this and the sacrifice that it takes to get to the Olympics, so you can't tell people this", Maroney said.

Wieber's Los Angeles Superior Court complaint makes her one of more than 260 people suing the MSU, USAG and others, accusing them of failing to prevent Nassar's abuse of women and girls.

"I at times question if my gymnastics career was really even worth it because of the stuff I'm dealing with now, because sometimes you're just left in the dust", Maroney said. "It didn't seem they cared about anything else", Maroney said at the luncheon, according to NBC News. "They demanded excellence from me, but they couldn't give it to us".

His first state prison sentence was given to him in January after a sentencing hearing during which 156 victim impact statements were read, including one that was read on Maroney's behalf.

Maroney, 22, said Nassar abused her every single time she saw him, beginning with their very first meeting.

McKayla Maroney, among of Ms. Wieber's team-mates on the 2012 USA gymnastics team, filed written testimony into this committee and explained her abuse from Dr. Nassar started off if she was 1 3.

She continued: "It is time to hold the leadership of Michigan State University USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee accountable for allowing and in some cases enabling his crimes.

I continue to be in awe of the incredible bravery of the athletes who have spoken out to help advance this investigation - and to ensure no child athlete has to suffer again", Blumenthal said. Of Engler's performance, she said, "he's nearly trying to fight the survivors versus working with us".

"My team won gold medals in spite of USA Gymnastics, MSU [Michigan State University], and the USOC [United States Olympics Committee]". "Alumni come up to me and wonder, 'How could this happen?"

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