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US Gymnast Riley McCusker Shares Her Eating Disorder Story For Awareness Week

In time for National Eating Disorder Awareness week, US gymnast Riley McCusker took to Tiktok to share her recovery story of her struggle wi...



In time for National Eating Disorder Awareness week, US gymnast Riley McCusker took to Tiktok to share her recovery story of her struggle with an eating disorder.

"Today is the last day of National Eating Disorder, and as female athlete who has struggled with an eating disorder herself, I want you to know that it does get better" Riley said in a video she posted on her Tiktok account.

The 20 year old gymnast proceeded to share two photos of herself. 

"This is a picture of me at one of my worst points," the World champion continued. " I was eighteen years old and it was 2019 before I got diagnosed with Rhabdo."



 "And here is a picture from last night around two and a half years later healthy and striving."

@riley.mccusker The stigma behind thinner is better in sports geared towards a leaner build needs to go. Stronger and Healthier is better ♥️#greenscreen #edawarewness ♬ original sound - Riley McCusker


When asked, in the comments below her video, if gymnastics has gotten harder since she has put on 'a bit of healthy weight', Riley responded with "Now my energy and muscle is back and overall that makes gymnastics easier too!"



In 2019, McCusker was one of fifteen gymnasts invited to worlds selection camp and was a frontrunner to make the team. However, she pulled out of the camp because of rhabdomyolysis, a syndrome where muscle tissue is damaged because of injury or over exertion and can lead to kidney damage.

The 2018 World champion was coached by Maggie Haney at that time, whom she sued in 2020 for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and assault.

2016 US Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, who was coached by Haney, also struggled with an eating disorder.

Haney got suspended for eight years by USA Gymnastics in April 2020 due to her abusive conduct. The sentence was later reduced to 5 years during an appeal. 

Haney has been reported to be still coaching gymnasts despite the suspension.

The American coach participated in posts on social media which gloated over McCusker's failure to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

McCusker is now competing in college gymnastics representing Florida University. 


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