Olympic Gymnasts Confront Disgraced Olympic Doctor Larry Nassar

Angelo Anderson
January 20, 2018

Olympic gold medallist Jordyn Wieber described herself in court Friday as one of 140 survivors of sexual assault by Larry Nassar, as Michigan State University called on the state's attorney general to investigate the school's handling of complaints against the disgraced former sports doctor. Imagine how all of us feel. She and Maroney, along with three other members, were collectively known as the "Fierce Five", who competed and won the gold in the 2012 Olympics. Well you know what, Larry? She did say she was uncomfortable with Nassar's treatments, but they were mandatory for members of the USA national gymnastics team and Nassar insisted his "inappropriate touch would heal my pain".

"He had given me a sleeping pill for the flight and the next thing I know I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a 'treatment.' I thought I was going to die that night".

"And please, your Honor, stress the need to investigate how this happened so that we can hold accountable those who empowered and enabled Larry Nassar, so we can fix and, once again, believe in this wonderful sport".

Aly Raisman was one of numerous women to make a victim impact statement during Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing this week in MI. "I have power and a voice and I am only just beginning to use them".

"I cringe to think your influence is still part of those policies to keep us safe", Raisman said.

"Now is not the time for false reassurances", she said. "I'm an Olympian. Despite being abused, I worked so hard and managed to achieve my goal".

Raisman then turned her anger toward USA Gymnastics on behalf of the "powerful army of survivors".

"Continuing to issue statements of empty promises thinking that will pacify us will no longer work", Raisman said. Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are also among the survivors. "None of us really understood it".

Watch her full statement in the video player above.

In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 sexual assault charges split between Ingham and Eaton counties.

Nassar is already serving a 60 year sentence for child pornography.

"We are heartbroken that this abuse occurred, proud of the fearless victims that have come forward and grateful that our criminal justice system has ensured that Nassar will never be able to harm another young woman", USOC spokesman Mark Jones said in a statement.

He was also a team doctor at the Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

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