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Last October, former US gymnast Mckayla Maroney took part in MeToo campaign revealing that she was one of the gymnasts who fell victim to team doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse.

This week, Maroney along with her mother Erin Maroney released the victim-impact statements in form of letters that where supposed to be read out loud in court where Nassar is being tried for sexually assaulting dozens of female athletes and possessing child pornography.

"This experience has shattered McKayla," Erin Maroney wrote in the letter describing her daughter's ordeal. "She has transformed from a bubbly, positive, loving, world class athlete into a young adult who was deeply depressed, at times suicidal. At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead."

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"I ... learned a few weeks ago from my daughter that at the world championships in Tokyo, [Nassar] drugged her, made her lay nude on a treatment table, straddled her and digitally penetrated her while rubbing his erect penis against her. She was only 15 years old. She said to me, 'Mom I thought I was going to die.'"

"I cannot tell you the anguish her Dad and I feel and the responsibility we feel for not being aware of this or being able to stop it."

According to the letters, the national team training camps did not allow parents to be present hence Maroney's parents were unable to observe what Nassar was doing.

They were not allowed to stay with McKayla during travel abroad and sometimes they were not even in the same hotel.

Erin wrote that her husband once questioned the propriety of the isolation of the girls during international travel. He was assured by Steve Penny that the girls were safe at all times, more safe than the president himself.

"We now know that this was a lie," Erin wrote. 

In Maroney's letter, the almost 22 year old former gymnast wrote that the sexual abuse started at the age of 13 at one of her first national team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until she left the sport.

The abuse happened before the team final in London where she won gold and before the vault final, where she won silver.

Maroney was the heavy favorite to win gold on vault at that time but a fall on her second vault had her settled for a silver. It is worth mentioning that Maroney had never fallen on this vault until the Olympic event finals.

"Our daughter was totally failed by USA Gymnastics, by Michigan State University and by the U.S. Olympic Committee. No one from the USOC has ever reached out to me or my husband or my daughter to inquire about her well being. Not once. No one has apologized," Erin Maroney wrote.

 "After McKayla spoke with an investigator with USA Gymnastics in July 2015, USA Gymnastics and the USOC kept the knowledge of [Nassar's] status as a child molester secret from Michigan State University after 2015 and even said nothing when he ran for school board in his local school district!"

According to the lawsuits, several victims raised concerns regarding Larry's treatments but they were dismissed.

"A simple fact is this. If Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee had paid attention to any of the red flags in Larry Nassar's behavior, I never would have met him, I never would have been 'treated' by him and I never would have been abused by him," McKayla Maroney wrote.

"It is my hope that the federal and law state enforcement agencies will not close the book on Larry Nassar scandal after her receives his just punishment. It is time to hold the leadership of Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee for allowing and in some cases enabling, his crime."

"Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long and it's time to take our power back."   

According to FBI agent, Nassar possesd 37,000 images and videos of child pornography, with images of girls as young as 6 or 7 being sexually violated.

"How many more images were on his computer at Michigan State University that he erased? Were McKayla's images on there? Were his other victims? Did he trade those images with other pedophiles? Are those images on the dark web today? These are questions that keep my husband and I up at night," Erin Maroney wrote. 

"I know this also haunts my daughter. Will she wake up one day to find an image of her 13-year-old self being assaulted on the internet? This is what our family must live with and it will never go away."

Nassar, who worked with USAG for nearly three decades and Michigan State University for nearly two decades, was given 60 years in prison of child abuse this week.

The disgraced doctor will be sentenced in the sexual abuse case in January.

Maroney is one of the most successful gymnasts, USA has ever produced. Beside her Olympic medals, she is three time World champion.

Her last competition was the 2013 World championship where she defended her World vault title. She officially announced her retirement in 2013.

In 2014, Maroney revealed in a Youtube video that she was battling depression and anxiety. During 2016 Gymcastic video interview, she said that she was mentally abused by her coaches, Artur Akopyan and Galina Marinova.

Maroney's letter





Written by Gigi Farid




Kathy Johnson Clarke, who competed for the US Olympic team in 1984 and won two medals, has written a lengthy open letter on sexual abuse in the sport.

"Predators know their way around good mothers and fathers. They know their way around any environment or program not created specifically to keep them out. If steps aren't taken to deny a predator, pedophile or abuser access to young people that person can seek out the most vulnerable, naive, trusting, spirited, reckless or rebellious among the unsuspecting.  Just as many of those qualities exist in most young people a skillful predator can use them against their prey."

"There has been gross negligence on the part of many, which is what created the culture in which really exceptional kids with unsuspecting parents, many of whom were good, involved, invested, loving parents while some may have been to varying degrees either less involved, caught up in their child's gymnastics development or success, or simply “flying blind”, completely trusting, and unaware of potential dangers."

"If people insist on asking or telling victims “why did you, why didn’t you, if only you, if only your mom or dad, didn’t you know…the list goes on and on and on, we will NEVER create the safest possible environment because we are shutting down the very people we need to listen to and learn from."

"It's just not as simple as being “blessed” with a good mother, father, coach or having some super power to ward off anyone seeking to take advantage of you. If we think like that it further shames victims, which is EXACTLY what their abuser depends on. That and fear.
I am truly happy for those left unscathed and whole, but I am in touch with those who were not and are not. It is for them to tell their own stories, but I will remark on one who was lucky. She got spooked by what we now know was “grooming” and done to lure her into trusting her coach’s “methods” to improve her gymnastics. She bolted. Coach told us she had mental problems and it was too hard for her to train and live away from home. We believed him. She left her dream, the place where she was happy and wanted to be, and didn’t tell the other girls because she didn't know what to say and didn't want to ruin everyone else's experience there. It was such a fun place. Fortunately, her father reported it to USGF. Unfortunately, the story gets fuzzy there. "

"Now I wonder about some of the other girls and the stories I was told about why they abruptly left so many years ago, just as I wonder about the “stories” my teammates heard when I left. I was not a victim of sexual abuse, but I now know some who were. At best, it was a dysfunctional, albeit fun and unique, place to live, train and go after big dreams. At worst, it was a recipe for disaster, a nightmare for some."

"Because we normalized what I now know to be grooming type behaviors by creating a big gray area in which we lived, played, trained, joked and grew up, a predator could easily cross over the line without someone noticing. Because there were other types of abuse that were normalized – verbal, psychological and emotional abuse, over-training, over-dieting, under-eating, exhaustion, injuries and questionable motivational methods – most girls didn't know the difference between healthy and unhealthy, positive or negative reinforcement, and more dangerously, normal grown up behavior and creepy, inappropriate, even criminal behavior."

"To make matters worse they had no idea how, when or if they should confide in someone, much less to whom they should turn. They simply quit, went home, endured it, developed other issues or problems that masked or hid it, then buried it for years, if not forever."

"Now, with that tale in mind insert elite gymnasts, the toughest athletes on the planet, training and sacrificing all to fulfill HUGE dreams to make World and Olympic Teams in an increasingly competitive atmosphere and the “work hard, focus, don’t whine or complain, endure anything and everything you can to be the best you can be” mentality is increased exponentially, and you see where we find ourselves today."

"Had it not happened at our National Training Center or to the stars in our sport, and had those incredibly brave young women not had the courage to come forward and speak out for themselves and others who may or may not tell their stories, we could have continued to do too little, too late, to really change the culture that allowed all this to fester and grow.
I believe more will come forward. Please open your ears, eyes, minds and hearts and listen."

"And as you do, know this: Abuse is complicated, insidious and achingly more prevalent than people realize. By simplifying it or believing that if only they had done "x" or been "y" or had "z" they would have been safe we do more harm to those who were so damaged by someone they trusted, believed in, and even loved, and more important, we empower the abusers!"


"Ask yourself, do you WANT abuse victims to keep their painful stories to themselves, to hold on to it forever because it is old news, uncomfortable to hear or about someone you know, like or want to continue to believe in and respect?"

"Two of my coaches are on the banned list. I loved both of them even when they weren’t perfect or hurt me in other ways. I can forgive them for those. But, until they fall to their knees and say how horribly WRONG and deeply SORRY they are to have preyed on my friends, teammates, or fellow gymnasts and offer the entire gymnastics community an apology I stand with and alongside the survivors, and I stand for culture change and bright line rules to educate, prevent, report and prosecute abuse."



Last month, Clarke was one of the two gymnasts - the other being Aly Raisman - who defended former Olympic gymnast Tatiana Gutsu who alleged that she was raped by fellow teammate Vitaly Scherbo.

Written by Gigi Farid









Tatiana Gutsu, who was a guest on Russian talk show Pryamoy Efir, expressed her regret that she named her alleged rapist.

Last month, the Soviet gymnast wrote on Facebook in a MeToo that she was raped by then teammate Vitaly Scherbo during a competition that took place in 1991.

"One of my clients sent me a link called #metoo and I realized that I could share the pain of the women related to unpleasant memories," said Gutsu according to blogger Luba Baladzhaeva‏'s translation. "In a feat of desperation, I revealed the name of the person who is connected to this unpleasant situation. I am free now from that horrible feeling of oppression but I regret that I revealed his name. The thing is it was a long time ago. I hope that he has become a different man and that this horrible mistake was an exception in his life."

The 1992 Olympic all around champion called the accusations, made by people towards her that she is falsely accusing Vitaly of rape for money or attention, ridiculous.

She called her revelation a "spontaneous feeling" that was caused by her bad memories of that time.

Gutsu revealed that she has been working with professional psychologists, to whom she is very grateful, for more than 10 years and that she confronted Vitaly, four years ago, about what he allegedly did to which he responded with "you should go fuck yourself" and that "no one would ever believe you".



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Svetlana Khorkina, one of Russia's most successful gymnasts, does not think that the current gymnasts are true all arounders.

The former gymnast gave an interview to sportsdaily.ru where she was asked about the comeback of compatriot Aliya Mustafina who gave birth to a daughter five months ago.

"I was told she’s getting back and already training at Round Lake," Khorkina said according to Gymnovosti's translation. "I heard somewhere that she’s supposed to fully return to the sport next year. I think that if you return you should do it to win medals."




Khorkina, who gave birth to a boy one year after her retirement, said that she did not return to gymnastics as the rules at that time - according to her - did not allow event specialists.

"I’ve always been a strong all-arounder which indicates my universality – I could fight for an Olympic gold on every apparatus," she added. "Current girls aren’t like that. They’re event specialists."

USA TODAY Sports columnist Nancy Armour quoted the tweet which linked to Khorkina's interview adding "Has she heard of Simone Biles?", to which US former gymnast Carly Patterson responded with "Lol".



Patterson competed against Khorkina in 2001, 2003 and 2004. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, the American athlete beat Khorkina in the all around and won the gold medal. 

After the competition, Khorkina told media that Patterson only won because she is American.
Svetlana has thrown shade at Carly several times in the media, even after they both retired from the sport. 

The Russian athlete competed at 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics. She qualified to the all around and uneven bars finals, beside the team final, at all three Olympics. At 2000 Olympics, she qualified to the floor exercise and vault finals but gave up her vault spot to teammate Elena Zamoloditchkova who went on to win the gold medal.

She won Olympic medals in the team, all around, floor exercise and uneven bars finals.

In her book, she wrote that she would have continued competing to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, had she won the uneven bars gold medal in Athens.

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Russia's most successful artistic gymnast Svetlana Khorkina was among those who attended the 47th World championships which was held last month in Montreal, Canada.

The Russian gymnasts won six medals; Maria Paseka won gold on vault, Elena Eremina won bronze in the all around and silver on the uneven bars, David Belyavskiy won silver on pommel horse and bronze on parallel bars, while Denis Ablyazin won silver on rings.

In an interview with sportsdaily.ru, Khorkina called the results 'satisfactory'. She said that she was pleased with the performance of her male compatriots in the all around.

David Belyavskiy had the lead going in the last rotation but a fall on the high bar dropped him to fourth place. Had he not fallen, He would have become the first Russian gymnast to win a World all around title since Nikolai Kryukov in 1999.



Khorkina said that he has shown improvement since the Rio Olympics and his mistake in Montreal's all around final was just an accident.

The two time Olympic gold medalist was delighted by Eremina's performance in the competition as she showed that she can fight for medals. Eremina suffered an uncharacteristic mistake on the uneven bars in the second rotation, however she delivered a good performance in the last two rotations that secured her the bronze medal. 

She was also impressed with the young gymnast's ability to speak English which she believes gives her bonus beside being a talented athlete.

On her thoughts on the American gymnasts, she congratulated Morgan Hurd on winning the gold medal in the all around. Nevertheless, she think she got a bit lucky.

She also said that the Russian gymnasts need to train so they wouldn't give the chance to Morgan to repeat her success at future competitions. 

The retired gymnast said that she sat in the VIP area in Montreal but that did not stand in her fans way. She was very happy to have been approached by her idol Romania's Daniela Sillivas, who won three Olympic gold medals in 1988. Silivas got her autographs for her kids.

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Tatiana Gutsu took part in Pryamoy Efir, a tabloid talk show which relies on scandals and controversial topics, to talk about her rape story.

Gutsu, who might not have known about the nature of the show, was horribly mistreated.

According to Gymnovosti, guests questioned her credibility as she watched via video from the US where she currently resides. They blamed her for the rape, called her a liar, and said that she did it for fame or to get back at Scherbo who they claimed must have refused her advances.

Among the guests, was Leonid Arkayev who was at that time the head coach of the national team. Arkayev stressed that he never allowed gymnasts to drink as he was keen on maintaining strict discipline.

Tatiana, who gave a lengthy account of her alleged rape committed by fellow gymnast Vitaly Scherbo, said that she and her teammates were drinking that night.

Former Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina, who competed in international senior competitions between 1994 and 2004, wrote in her book that she drank alcohol during competitions and that she once passed out on a flight.

It is worth mentioning that Arkayev, was accused of touching underage gymnasts inappropriately and trying to have sex with the older ones which is one of the several accusations that led to him getting fired from the gymnastics center in Saransk that was named after him.

The producers has also interviewed the Olympic champion's ex husband, who served 90 days in jail for assaulting the gymnast including putting a gun to her head. He claimed that Gutsu is a lair and that she lied about his assault too.

This was not the first time for Tatiana to receive backlash and have her credibility questioned.

1996 Olympic all around champion Lilia Podkopayeva, who is from the same country as Gutsu, wrote a lengthy post on Facebook stating that she has never been harassed neither by the coaches or her teammates during her competitive years. She also questioned the timing of Gutsu's allegations.

She has heavily defended Rustam Sharipov, whom Gutsu blamed for not standing up for her and defending her at the time of the alleged incident.

Svetlana Bogiunskaya, who competed along side Gutsu, defended Sharipov in a reply to the gymnast's original MeToo post.

US Dominic Moceanu initially supported Gutsu on Twitter but screenshots taking from Rustam's account showed that Moceanu heavily discredited Gutsu's story.

Nevertheless, American gymnasts Kathy Johnson and Aly Raisman completely supported Gutsu. Raisman, who is the winner of six Olympic medals, tweeted that she feels devastated over the allegations adding that Vitaly disgusts her and that those who looked the other way are as just as guilty.

Johnson, who won two medals at 1984 Olympics, replied to Rustam's Facebook status - where he denied knowing anything of what happened to Gustu - suggesting that he along with Boginskaya could sit with Gutsu and work towards the truth.

Vitaly's mother accused Tatiana of coming after his money.

In a long Facebook post, Tatiana wrote that she is very disappointed in the media and that all they care about is "scandal, entertainment in the form of human tragedy, any kind of grotesque shows".

She has also wrote that she has set herself free by sharing her story and that she has forgiven those who harmed her. She is now ready to move on and start a new chapter in her life.







Written by Gigi Farid


Less than a month ago, former Soviet gymnast and 1992 Olympic all around champion Tatiana Gutsu joined viral hashtag MeToo speaking out about her own experience with sexual abuse.

The four time Olympic medalist accused legendary Soviet gymnast Vitaly Scherbo of raping her back in 1991 where they were both taking part in an international competition.

Gutsu took part in Pryamoy Efir show, which according to Gymnovosti blog is a tabloid talk show, detailing her alleged rape by Scherbo.

The blog translated the gymnast's horrifically detailed description of the incident.



This man took away my feelings, he took away my voice, he took away my joy.

I was a child. I was a child. In 1991, I only turned 15 years old at the World Championships*.

We finished the competition. My coach told me that I competed great even though I was a bit upset with my performance, I lost the first place. But ok, second place was also nice. That night, when we were already in the hotel, Vitaly Scherbo came to our room with champagne. I don’t know how much I drank and I don’t know how much I smoked** because I was smoking and I was coughing.

When I came to [long pause, barely holding tears] it was very dark. It was scarily dark. My hands were held like this [puts hands together as if bound] with such strong force. I was lying on my stomach, my face was slammed into the pillow like this. I don’t know for how long he’s been doing it to me, but when I came to and he realized that I’m conscious, he pressed his hand to my mouth like this [presses her hand to her mouth], so that I wouldn’t be able to say anything. I gathered all my strength, everything I had, to get away, but I couldn’t, I couldn’t, I was trying. I couldn’t even scream.

I couldn’t get away, I was trying, I was trying to get away. I came to because everything [in my body] was burning, and because I was hurting and because I was scared and I couldn’t understand what was happening to me. [cries]

When he finished what he was doing he only whispered one word “Nikomu”***. I was lying on my bed, I was just waiting for the door closing shut so that he wouldn’t be there.

I ran to the toilet. While I was running I peed myself, I peed myself because of fear, because of pain. I wasn’t wearing clothes, I was only wearing a top, a t-shirt, I was in socks and a top. I felt sick all night and all morning.

The next morning, we had to go to another city. And while we were on the bus, I was hearing his laughter, his disgusting laughter, his disgusting voice. Everything irritated me, absolutely everything. I was lying in the back of the bus, I was sick all day long. I was throwing up. I was throwing up because I was hurt, because I was afraid to tell my coach that I was abused, because I was alone. Somehow I felt that I was alone, that I couldn’t tell anyone, share my pain, because suddenly… I had everything [before], I used to laugh, I used to smile, and suddenly I had nothing at all.

We arrived in another city, we checked in the hotel and I went to bed. I covered myself with a blanket because I was afraid that he would come [to my room] again and something would happen, I just covered myself with a blanket and cried, cried, cried from pain, cried because I was molested.

The scariest thing was that all the competitions we went in 1992 – he was there.



In the MeToo post, Gutsu blamed then teammates Tatiana Toropova and Rustam Sharipov for not standing up for her and failing to protect her. Sharipov denied knowing anything about the alleged incident while Toropova said it never took place.

During the show, Tatiana suggested that Rustam might have left the room early that night thus not knowing of what happened to her. However, she insisted that Toropova was in the room and saw how broken Gutsu was afterwards.

Giving her the benefit of the doubt, she said that Toropova might have been too intoxicated to remember the details as they both consumed alcohol at that time.

Tatiana said that she confronted Vitaly of what he did in 2012 expecting an apology instead she was told that no one would believe her and she should f*** off.

Written by Gigi Farid






Former US Olympic champion Shawn Johnson uploaded a heartbreaking video of herself announcing that she suffered a miscarriage.

"We feel like a lot of people go through this so we wanted to share it," Johnson said in the opening moments of the video which has been viewed more than 700K times since yesterday.

The twenty minute video, which documented  a two-day span, shows Johnson finding out she was pregnant via urine test then later receiving the heartbreaking miscarriage news.

Although Shawn and her husband, former NFL long snapper Andrew East, were not planning on having children at the moment, they were thrilled when they realized they were pregnant.

Shortly after the exciting news the retired gymnast started having stomach pains and she and her husband rushed to the doctor where they were told that she had miscarried naturally.


"The past 48 hours have been some of the happiest, scariest, and saddest times of my life, " Shawn captioned the video. "My husband Andrew and I found out that we were unexpectedly pregnant, only to find out hours later some tragic news. I have been crying more than I ever have, but am still optimistic for what is next."

After posting the video on social media, the couple went on Facebook Live to address their fans and answer questions. 

Johnson said that they believe that God has a bigger plan for them and that all they can do is be positive or else they sink into a hole

2004 Olympic all around champion and compatriot Carly Patterson has as well suffered from miscarriage. She had several treatments until she successfully got pregnant. This month, she gave birth to son Graham.






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Lilia Podkopayeva, who won the 1996 Olympic all around title, was one of the first gymnasts to jump to Rustam Sharipov's defense after former Olympic Soviet gymnast Tatiana Gutsu included the latter in her MeToo post on Facebook.

Gustu alleged that legendary Soviet gymnast Vitaly Scherbo raped her during the Stuttgart cup back in 1991, accusing then teammates Tatiana Toropova and Rustam Sharipov of not standing up for her when it happened.

Rustam denied the accusations in a Facebook post stressing that this is the first time for him to hear about the rape allegation.

"Rustam Sharipov we all know that you are person of great integrity, judgment and character. I stand with you and I believe you," Lilia commented.



Podkopayeva then went on to write a long post on how Rustam is a "person of a great integrity" and a "good moral character" stressing that she has never experienced any harassment neither from coaches nor from teammates while questioning the timing of Gutsu's allegations.

"The accusations that Rustam could witness a horrific act and remain silent or not come to a help are not representative of his character," the former Ukrainian gymnast stated.

" I am myself a professional gymnast who competed in all major competitions since 1991 side by side with other male and female gymnasts and I have never experienced any harassment neither from coaches nor from teammates in my USSR Youth National Team and later in Ukrainian National Team."

"The alleged accusations are in no way could be related to person like Rustam Sharipov and it is hard for me to imagine what is a reason for such accusation coming out at this time."



Olympic gold medalists Svetlana Boguinskaya who competed for USSR and Belarus, and Dominique Moceanu of USA were among the gymnasts who supported Rustam.

Moceanu's supportive comments for Rustam drew criticism with people calling her out for discrediting Gustu's story when she emphasized the need to support the victim and not stand beside the alleged abuser or their supporters.

Rustam competed for the Unified Team and Ukraine at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic respectively, where he won three medals - two of which are gold.

Gutsu, Ukrainian native, competed for the Unified team at 1992 Olympics where she won the all around and team gold medals, silver on uneven bars and bronze on floor exercise.

Lilia Podkopayeva competed for Ukraine between 1993 and 1997. She is best known for being  one of the very few European gymnasts who managed to win all three Olympic, World and European all around titles.


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TMZ met with Mckayla Maroney's mom where they asked about her daughter who recently spoke out about being sexually assaulted by former team doctor Larry Nassar, who served as the USAG team doctor for a long period of time.

"She's doing as expected,"Erin Maroney said in a tone that sounded sad. "She's not great, not fine. She's just low-key doing okay."

Larry Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting over 100 of gymnasts while serving as a doctor in US Gymnastics and Michigan State University over the course of many years.

Maroney said in a MeToo post that the disgraced doctor has assaulted her from the age of 13 till the end of her gymnastics career.

She alleged that he drugged her during a flight on their way to the Tokyo World championships which was held in 2011 and assaulted her in his hotel room.

Maroney is three time World champion and two time Olympic medalist.

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Mckayla Maroney's former teammates have expressed their support following revelation that she is one of the many gymnasts who fell victim to sexual abuse at the hands of disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar.

Former teammates

Aly Raisman, competed along side Maroney at 2011 World championships and 2012 Olympic Games.







Jordyn Wieber, competed along side Maroney at 2011 World championships and 2012 Olympic Games.




Kyla Ross, competed along side Maroney at 2012 Olympic Games and 2013 World championships.





Gabby Douglas is the only teammate on the London Olympic team AKA fierce five who has not sent a support message yet.

Other gymnasts

US Dominique Moceanu, 1996 Olympic gold medalist.




Great Britain Jennifer Pinches, 2012 Olympian



Danusia Francis, NCAA champion 




Allan Slater, Australian Olympian




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After the recent revelation that Olympic gold medalist Mckayla Maroney was one of the victims of sexual assault by disgraced former team doctory Larry Nassar, USAG found themselves once again under fire for failing to protect gymnasts from sexual abuse.

US Olympic medalist Terin Humphrey, who is heavily affiliated with the organization, was accused of posting a 'tone deaf' tweet amid Maroney's revelation.

Humphrey posted a photo of herself on Twitter wearing the US flag which included text that says "This picture means a thousand words! My Olympics (2004); myself or my team never got to take any pictures with the American flag. "

"It was so emotional for us because even after we won medals we couldn't be seen outside the arena as Americans. At that time it was few years after 9/11 and we were told it was too dangerous to have our flag out."

"We also had armed soldier guarding us 24/7 outside their residence. Here I am 13 years later & this still means more to me than anyone can understand. I was able to represent the USA at the highest possible level. Proud to be American. American made."



Humphrey received backlash following her tweet with many expressing their disappointment as the retired gymnast is an athlete representative in the organization and a former law enforcement officer.

"Given Maroney's news today, & the fact that you worked for USAG, & as an officer of the law, at that time. You choose to post THIS? Now?."

"This is what you choose to post after one of your most visible athletes bravely comes forward about being sexually assaulted? not right"




"This is what you choose to say after McKayla posts about her awful experience? We need a new athlete rep, someone who cares about the girls."

"Wow, this is horrible timing, and for someone who is supposed to help protect the athletes..."



"The silence from you and all other reps is so deafening. Supporting gymnasts like Maroney on a day like today should be the #1 priority."


"I’m very sorry you weren’t able to wear USA t-shirts but 100% more concerned about sexual assault involving minors under the care of @USAGym"



"I mean, could you BE more tone deaf? Oh I'm sorry, you're complicit in abuse and know exactly what you're doing. Could you BE more gross?"

"You are insensitive and almost smug at a time when an Olympian comes forward as a victim. The athlete rep should be Aly Raisman."





"Oh my god it’s almost like police officers don’t take sexual abuse seriously!"

"Well that’s super insensitive. Nice one"



While a Twitter user pointed out that Terin is an employee under USAG and she could risk being fired if she spoke out, others responded to them that it would have been better to stay silent and that she "needs to apologies for incredible insensitivity". 



Humphrey was also blasted by Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu's husband who revealed that she shot down his wife when Dominique could've provided propitious insight.




Terin Humphrey was part of the 2004 US Olympic team, where she won silver with the team and on uneven bars, and the 2003 World gold winning team.

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