Karolyis say gymnastics abuse scandal was like 'bomb exploding'

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Martha and Bela Karolyi, under whose coaching US gymnasts have consistently medalled since the 1990s, told NBC they were shocked by the revelations that Nassar abused young women at the couple's Huntsville, Texas, facility, which had been the Olympic training site for the USA Gymnastics National Team. "We are very sorry that any athlete has been hurt by the horrific actions of Larry Nassar", the organization said.

These lawsuits allege that Nassar molested the victims under the guise of performing medical treatment.

The Olympic Committee, which claims to not have known about the abuse before June 2015, has apologized to the victims and announced reforms to ensure the protection of athletes.

"He told me he was going to do a checkup on me and that was the first day I was abused", Maroney, now 22 years old, said in the interview as reported by Today.

Nassar, 54, is serving a 60-year sentence on federal child pornography charges and faces 40 more years behind bars in MI for 10 sexual assault convictions once his federal sentence is served.

The following month he was handed another 40 to 125 years on three more abuse charges and was sentenced separately last year on child pornography charges. "USA Gymnastics is committed to building a culture that empowers and supports our athletes and focuses on our highest priority, the safety and well-being of our athletes", the team said in the statement that was published by NBC.

Often left hungry by the rigorous workouts required of elite gymnasts, former Olympian McKayla Maroney initially felt nothing but gratitude when former team physician Larry Nassar gifted her with a loaf of bread.




"Kaylee's statements to the board contained many false and inaccurate statements, which we did not publicly contradict out of an abundance of concern for the survivors who are quick to claim "revictimization" or "shaming" of survivors whenever they are falsely accusing members of the MSU community", Viventi said.

In January, USA Gymnastics said it was cutting all ties with the Karolyi ranch, several returning gymnasts saying it would be hard to train there again after the revelations of Nassar's molestations.

In other cases, MSU destroyed medical records of people who reported abuse or harassment to MSU police later, but they were all destroyed in accordance with state law and MSU's record retention policy, according to the report. "Larry Nassar is a good guy'".

While Nassar initially took more care to make his treatments seem medically appropriate when he began these treatments in the 1990s, as time went on, he grew more comfortable with his conduct.

A Michigan native who grew up not far from Michigan State's campus in East Lansing, Wieber was one of the success stories that helped Nassar build a persona over the years as the renowned doctor who helped America's female gymnasts win Olympic gold. "What reason did I have to question my doctor?"

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