Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles hopes to repeat her all-around title at Tokyo 2020. But she’s haunted by having to train at a place where she was abused.
Biles on Monday became the latest female athlete to say call herself a victim of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
“I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” Biles said on Twitter. “Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak those words out loud than it is now to put them on paper. There are many reasons that l have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it is not my fault.”
USA Today noted that Nassar will be sentenced this week on seven sexual assault charges in federal court — and is expected to receive life in prison.
“It is not normal to receive any type of treatment from a trusted team physician and refer to it horrifyingly as the ‘special’ treatment,” wrote Biles, 20. “This behavior is completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially coming from someone whom I was TOLD to trust.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018
“For too long I’ve asked myself, “Was I too naive? Was it my fault?” I now know the answer to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”
Biles was on track to become a UCLA gymnast before turning professional.
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