Mckayla Maroney, who was part of the 2012 gold winning Olympic team, has taken part in the MeToo campaign where women share their sexual assault stories.

Maroney spoke out about being sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar who served as the USAG team doctor for a long period of time.

The Olympic champion wrote that the assault started at the age of 13 at one of her first National Team training camps in Texas and that it only ended when she left the sport for good.

"It didn't end until I left the sport," Maroney wrote. "It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated'."

She said that it happened before London's team competition where she won gold and before the vault final where she won silver.

The former gymnast recalled the scariest night of her life which happened on her way to Tokyo along with her team to compete at the 2011 World championships when she was just 15 years old.

She said that the disgraced doctor gave her sleeping pills and next thing she knows she was alone with him in his hotel room getting a "treatment".

"I thought I was going to die."

Maroney stressed that wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse and that people should know that these things don't just happen in Hollywood.

"I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the thing I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary and disgusting," she said.

Maroney offered suggestion that might help protect vulnerable people from getting assaulted. One of which is having zero tolerance for abusers and those who protect them.

Nassar is currently being prosecuted for allegedly sexually assaulting over 100 of women while serving as a doctor in US Gymnastics and Michigan State University over the course of many years.

Last week, former Olympic all around champion Mary Lou Retton was outed for trying to stop the sex abuse bill which aims at protecting children and young athletes from sexual assaults.

Maroney turned senior in 2011 where she won gold with the team and on vault at the World championships. Her last competition was at the 2013 World championships where she successfully defended her World vault title.

She officially retired in 2016.

Maroney previously spoke out about the emotional abuse she has gone through done by her coaches. In early 2015, she revealed that she was battling depression. 

Yesterday, former Soviet gymnast and the 1992 Olympic all around champion Tatiana Gustu alleged that legendary Soviet gymnast Vitaly Scherbo raped her during DTB cup which was held in Germany in 1991. 

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The list of gymnasts, who are assigned to compete at the 34th Memorial Arthur Gander, has been released.

Romania's Catalina Ponor and compatriot Marian Dragalescu will perform at the competition. Both gymnasts had a disappointing competition at the last World championships where Romania left with no medals.

Daria Spiridonova, whose last major competition was the Rio Olympic Games, will take part at the meet.

The competition will feature Olympic and World bronze medalist Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland and the recently crowned World beam champion Pauline Schafer of Germany.

Women's competition: Ilaria Kaeslin (SUI), Marine Boyer (FRA), Angelina Radivilova (UKR), Isabela Onyshko  (CAN), Charlie Fellows (GBR), Marcia Vidiaux (CUB) and Hitomi Hatakeda  (JPN).

Men's competition: Pablo Braegger (SUI), Eddy Yusof (SUI), Marcel Nguyen (GER), Zacheri Hrimeche (FRA), Marian Dragalescu (ROU), Oleg Verniaiev (UKR), Igor Radivilov (UKR), Nikolai Kuksenkov (RUS), Zachary Clay (CAN), Gianni Regini-Moran (GBR), Manrique Larduet (CUB) and Wataru Tanigawa (JPN).

The Memorial Arthur Gander will be held on November 1st in Switzerland.

Female gymnasts choose three apparatus while male gymnasts choose four to compete on. Last year, Russia's Angelina Melnikova and Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev.

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Less than a week ago, former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton was outed for attempting to stop sex abuse bill which aims at protecting children and young athletes from being sexually abused.

Since then, Twitter has been flooded by dozens of inspirational quotes by the now shamed former gymnast.

Several gymnastics fans accused Retton of paying bots to tweet her inspirational quotes in an attempt to save face online.

When one searches "Mary Lou Retton" on Twitter, the homepage keeps popping new inspirational quotes by her.

Retton quotes were tweeted by multiple twitter users.

Even African Proverbs took part in tweeting her inspirational quotes.

Retton has not responded to the backlash. Twitter user Dylan, who used to consider her an idol, tweeted the gymnast asking for clarification.

Several sources, including New York Times and Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu, confirmed that Retton along with former head of USAG Steve Penny went to senator Dianne Feinstein in attempt to convince her to drop the sex abuse bill citing that the federation’s policies were solid and that gymnastics was a happy, safe place despite sexual abuse allegation against the federation continuing to pile up.

The senators blasted the organization for poorly handling the issue and turning a blind eye.

Former team doctor Larry Nassar is currently being sued by more than 100 people over allegations of abuse while working for USAG and Michigan State University.

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In case you were living under a rock, former Soviet gymnast Tatiana Gutsu took part in Me Too campaign and posted on Facebook that she was raped by her compatriot and legendary gymnast Vitaly Scherbo during DTB cup that was held in Stuttgart in 1991.

Gymnastics Fans were shocked to hear about the allegation posting messages in support of coming forward with her traumatic experience.

"I can’t begin to imagine what she endured then and the burden she carried all these years. Sad to know my first idol was a monster."

"Awful poor girl 😯 The dirty beast! I hope he gets what's coming to him. Glad she had the courage to out him !!"

"It's endemic. When will those in charge  of the sport do something?????"

"Living in fear, she turned out to be an Olympic Champion. Her mental strength blows my mind. May she continue to be strong and inspire many."

"Jesus. I can’t imagine dealing with that from a ‘teammate’ and still going on to win gold. She is incredibly strong."

"Poor Tatiana has had to watch as her rapist gets all the medals and glory and is considered a hero. It’s sickening. Absolutely horrifying. He’s an icon of the sport but this whole time he’s been a monster. It’s so awful. I hope he loses everything."

"A sad and maddening story but Tatiana Gutsu's bravery is supreme."

"Tatiana Gutsu. She was 15, 4' 6", and 70 lbs. She survived & was forced to train & travel w her attacker. Now, she speaks. #IBelieveYou"

"Shocking (and sad) story with Barca '92 women's gymnastic gold medalist Tatiana Gutsu accusing 6-time Olympic champ Vitaly Scherbo of rape. "

Gutsu and Scherbo were part of the unified team at the 1992 Olympics where they both enjoyed success.

Gutsu won gold in the all around and team competition, silver on uneven bars and bronze on floor exercise.

Scherbo won gold in every single final but the horizontal bar and floor exercise ones.

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As Me Too campaign is going viral and encouraging women to speak up about their sexual abuse experience. Soviet gymnast Tatiana Gutsu, who won the Olympic all around gold medal in 1992, revealed that she has been raped as a young gymnast while taking part in a competition at the hands of a fellow gymnast.

In a Facebook post, Gutsu alleged that then Soviet gymnast Vitaly Scherbo raped her during Stuttgart Germany DTB that took place in 1991.

"Vitaliy Sherbo. Monster who kept me in my own prison to be afraid for so many years. I know you will try to diffent [defend] yourself," wrote Gutsu.

"But my details are much stronger than your words. I'm strong now then ever. You can't brack [break] me down anymore."

Scerbo, who competed between 1990 and 1997, is considered to be one of the most successful male gymnasts of all time. He is the only male gymnast to have won a World title in every single event. He was also the most successful athlete at the 1992 Olympics where he won six of the eight events.

Scerbo was not the only one who was outed in Gutsu's Facebook post. Gutsu wrote that former teammate Tatyana Toropova and, 1992 and 1996 Olympic champion Rustam Sharipov did not stand by her side during the time the rape incident happened.

"Tatyana Toropova who I thought was my friend and a team mate in the National team of USSR thank you for not being brave for me when I need it you the most to stand , stand up for me and fight for the women rights in such a horrific act ,no means no," posted Gutsu.

"You where there you heard everything you never stand stand up to protect me."

"Rustam Sharipov thank you for being a great body for your friend and not protecting me as a little girl at 15."

The former gymnast started her Facebook post with her "being brave after 27 years" and ended it with "she will support everyone who is afraid of speaking up".

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After it has been revealed and confirmed that Mary Lou Retton, who is the first US gymnast to win an Olympic all around title, paid a visit to senator Dianne Feinstein in attempt to convince her to drop the sex abuse bill that aims at protecting children and young athletes from getting sexually assaulted, gymnastics fans took to social media to express their  extreme anger towards the former gymnast.

"AA Champ Mary Lou Retton blames sex abuse victims, is still lauded by US. AA Champ Gabby Douglas doesn't smile, is torn apart by media," said a Twitter user.

"Top 5 Reasons Mary Lou Retton is canceled 

1. She tried to stop the sex abuse bill 
2. She tried to stop the sex abuse bill 
3. She tried to stop the sex abuse bill 
4. She tried to stop the sex abuse bill 
5. She tried to stop the sex abuse bill"

"Mary Lou Retton is terrible and clearly shouldn't be trusted around children, since she doesn't care one bit about protecting them"

"“I don’t care about sexually abused kids, all I care about is my dying “‘legacy.’” - Mary Lou Retton, probably."

"Nastia Liukin and Mary Lou Retton should not be your spokesperson, they don't condemn underage sexual abuse"

"LRT: Yeah Mary Lou Retton is trash and only won Olympic AA bec of the boycott+carry-over scoring system back then"

Oh No They Didn't has even mentioned the word "boycotted" when they referred to Retton as the 1984 Olympic champion in their article's title.

"Wow, I just lost what little respect I had left for her. Disgraceful."

"Medals mean nothing when they come at a cost of children suffering unspeakable trauma & being left with the scars of abuse for a lifetime."

"I find it funny how Mary Lou is all “I have a reputation in this sport!!” because idk about you but I’d much rather be remembered as the one who has some beef with USAG but who spoke out against the abuse happening and sided with the victims than that overrated lady who tried to stop a sexual abuse bill"

A gymnastics fan edited Retton's Wikipedia page adding the word "boycotted" along side the 1984 Olympics, however it was taken out later.

Tumblr blogger illyria-and-her-pet made a post on the social media site pointing out that this is not the first time for Retton to do or say something controversial.

"Honestly, I knew about her political views already (the flag thing [ NFL anthem protest] is unsurprising given her…other comments throughout the years), so I already found her to be a distasteful human. But the thing about visiting Feinstein to persuade them that a bill aimed to PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEX ABUSE wasn’t necessary?!? F*** right outta there with that b*******."

"Does she know how many people she has offended with her extremely judgmental views on racism, homosexuality and defending sex offenders?"

US  Olympic gold medalist Dominque Moceanu heavily implied that Retton's goal has always been about protecting former US head coaches Karolyis, who are well known for being abusive and that she "gets good treatment too".

Sexual abuse scandal broke out when more than hundred of women came forward and alleged that former US team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them. US gymnastics has been accused of covering up the abuse.

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A listed Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina believed that compatriot Elena Eremina was going to make the podium at the all around competition of the World championships which was held in Montreal, Canada this month.

The double Olympic champion said during a TV interview that she knows Elena and that a "tiny" bit of luck on her side would help her become a World all around medalist.

"I expected it, specifically from Lena I expected it because I know her personality and I knew that a tiny bit of luck on her side today will definitely have her make the podium " said Mustafina. "[Her medal] is a result of her work because even though her competitors made mistakes today, they weren’t major ones."

Aliya added that Eremina showed continuous improvement during the all around competition. 

Eremina qualified to the all around in seventh place. In the final, she won a bronze medal behind US Morgan Hurd (Gold) and Canada's Ellie Black (Silver).

Her biggest mistake was on uneven bars where she lost points for severely bending her knees and losing connection. She received a score of 14.200, 0.8 points less than her scores in the qualification and event finals.  

Aliya suggested that the mistake took place because Eremina has only recently started training the difficult combination and that gymnasts need to repeat their skills and combinations as much as they can in order to successfully compete it.

In the same TV interview, Aliya's teammate and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Seda Tutkhaylan said that Eremina's all around medal win was a stroke of luck.

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Simone Biles has set her eyes on competing at the 2018 US Classics.

The American gymnast told NBC that she plans to have her competition comeback debut at the US classics of next year which will be held in July.

There, she will compete only on two events but will compete on all four at the P&G championships the following month.

The multiple World champion has previously announced that she will return to full time training next November. She has already started light training in August.

On muscle soreness and pain, she said "It’s going to be rough. But the muscle memory is there because I’ve come and I’ve played in the gym. All of my skills are basically still there. There are a couple of skills, like on [balance] beam, that I haven’t done yet, like a dismount, because why would I just chuck that? There’s no way. And I haven’t vaulted since the Olympics."

Biles has taken a break since the Rio Olympic Games where she won four gold medals. She said that she has always had in mind to take only one year off the sport.

The 20 year old gymnast's longtime coach Amiee Boorman moved from Texas to Florida and will not be coaching her anymore.

Simone will announce the name of her new personal coach soon.

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It has been confirmed by multiple sources that US Olympic champion Mary Lou Retton did not want a sex abuse bill to be approved by the country's senate.

The bill aims at protecting children and young athletes from getting sexually abused. It requires the governing bodies to immediately report child and sex abuse allegation to authorities. 

The bill would also make failure to do so a crime.

USA Gymnastics would have to implement and enforce policies to ensure coaches and personnel are trained in sexual abuse prevention. 

Retton along with Steve Penny went to senator Dianne Feinstein in attempt to convince her to drop the bill citing that the federation’s policies were solid and that gymnastics was a happy, safe place despite sexual abuse allegation against the federation continuing to pile up.

USAG was blasted by the senators for their attitude in handling the scandal. Feinstein firmly believes that the organization knew about the sexual abuse of their team physician Larry Nassar who preyed on more than hundred of children and young athletes.

As of last May, houses of representative passed the bill.

US Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu was among the sources that confirmed the visit of Retton to Feinstein's office.

It is said that  Retton was one of those who left supportive comments on Nassar's Facebook when Jamie Dantzscher’s then anonymous allegations came out.

Since last year, more than 100 women and girls came forward and accused Nassar of sexual misconduct while working at the organization and the University. 

Nassar, who was the team doctor for U.S. gymnasts at several Olympics, is as well facing charges of child pornography possession and first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a family friend allegedly abused from the age of 6 until she was 12.

Retton is best known for being the first US gymnast to win an Olympic all around title  although it was in a boycotted Olympics (1984 Los Angles) where most of the A listed gymnasts were prevented from competing at.

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Seda Tutkhalyan, who competed for Russia at 2015 Worlds and 2016 Olympics, opined that her compatriot Elena Eremina only won in the all around competition of the last World championship - which was held in Montreal this month - because of luck.

During an interview on Match TV, Tutkhalyan discussed Montreal's all around competition which was won by US Morgan Hurd (Gold), Canada's Elisabeth Black (Silver) and Eremina (Bronze).

"Regarding Elena, I’m saying she got lucky that the championships ended up like that," said Tutkhalyan. "That the leaders got injured and Lena made the podium with such program."

"Because to do one and a half twisting Yurchenko and to have such a major mistake on bars and still make the podium is, well, I guess, it happened for the first time."

Romania's Larisa Iordache and US Ragan Smith were the heavy favorites to win the all around gold medal but injuries forced them to withdraw from the competition.

Both gymnasts injured themselves during warm ups. Iordache tore her Achilles tendon on floor exercise during qualification warm up while Smith injured her ankle on vault during the all around warm up.

Brasil's Rebecca Andrade, who was also one of the favorites to win a medal in the all around, tore her ACL for the second time in her career on vault during training in Montreal.

Japan's Mai Murakami, who qualified in first place to the all around, had a fall which caused her to miss the podium and finish in fourth place.

Eremina had completely bent her knees during her uneven bars routine while attempting to connect her Pak Salto to Van Leeuwen. Hence, not only was she heavily deducted in the execution score but also lost connection in difficulty panel.

She received a score of  14.200 in the all around. In the qualification and uneven bars final, she scored 15.100.

Morgan Hurd won the gold just 0.433 point ahead of Eremina. Had the Russian gymnast not made such a mistake, she could have won the gold medal.

None of the all around gymnasts competed an Amanar for the first time since 2009. Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland had the highest D score on vault in the all around competition. She competed a Rudi ( handspring, 1.5 forward twisting layout) which is worth 5.8.

Giulia finished in seventh place. Silver medalist Elisabeth Black had a handspring on forward layout with full twist and Hurd had a double twisting Yurchenko, both of which are worth 5.4 difficulty score. While Eremina's one and a half Yurchenko is worth a 5.

Beside her all around bronze medal, she won silver on the uneven bars. It is worth mentioning that Eremina's turned senior this year.

Tutkhalyan's biggest achievement is winning an Olympic silver medal with the team in 2016. Due to inconsistency, she has never won an individual medal at a major senior international competition.

According to gymnastics blogger Luba Baladzhaeva, Russian team members are not happy with the rise of Eremina.

Gymnastics fans took to social medal to express their disappointment in Tutkhalyan.

"I mean the concept of someone being confident about their routine is probably alien to seda so it’s no wonder she chalks it up to luck" - blockvoting.

"Seda is just probably confused as to why Lena didn’t fall 27 times in 10 routines so she just attributes Lena’s success to luck" - romanianbars

"It doesn’t matter as to how much truth there is or isn’t in Seda’s comment. You just simply don’t throw your teammate under the bus like that. It’s as simple as that.That being said, I’m going to withhold judgement until I’ve seen an actual source. But if this is true, it’s very disappointing indeed" - chaosallstar

"Oh Seda. Yes Elena may not have ended up on the podium had Larisa and Ragan competed (although there’s no guarantee Lari would’ve stayed on beam, sorry not sorry Lari), but she took the circumstances she had and she ran with it and I think she did very well" -thehonoraryamerican

"Lena is no doubtedly very lucky, especially in the AA finals when Larisa and Ragan is out. But there’s a famous saying that “The harder you work, the luckier you get”. It takes more than JUST luck to leave Montral as a decorated gymnast, and as a first year senior :) I bet Lena must have worked her *** off in the run up to the games to achieve this level of consistency :)" - aliyafightermustafina

"When it comes to AA, yes, Lena had some luck that certain gymnasts couldn’t compete. Still, she had a great competition. When it comes to UB, that’s not luck, that’s being amazing" - melniikova

While other fans jumped to Seda's defense.

"The truth is not jealousy. Ragan or Larisa were likely going to be 1 and 2 - which order you prefer. Rebeca Andrade had an Aminar and a bars set that was top grade - she was leaning third and then we have Morgan Hurd. I’ll say Elsabeth Black got home scoring boost and Mai fell when she qualified first. That means at best she would have finished fifth and worst somewhere below sixth.

Seda was speaking the truth but you don’t really do that about your teammate.

On the uneven bars I would say that she did get lucky that Ilyankova hit the bar or was too close because it was leaning towards her getting the better score. I still would have put her in third over Darwael" - linkinis

"I’m wondering if some of it stems from how I feel. Lena is the golden child and the others (oh, Melka) are being punished. Seda is included in that, and she is also seeing her teammates being negelected in a way.

Obviously we don’t know exactly what goes down but I’ve had a bad feeling for Angelina for months now. They’ve been pushing her so hard and from reports they’re wearing her down mentally. She’s undoubtably talented but when the focus is all on Eremina and how Not Good others are it’s not making a perfect team" -we-waited-on-the-rain

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