United States gymnastics coaching duo says doctor's sex abuse surprised them


Bela Karolyi coached USA gymnast Mary Lou Retton to 1984 Los Angeles Olympic gold only three years after defecting from Romania to the United States.

The former gymnast argued in her suit that Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics failed to protect her despite repeated warnings years earlier about coach William McCabe.

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. He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct, and during his sentencing, he was confronted by upwards of 150 women who suffered all these years because of his abuse.

Maroney is among scores of women who have detailed the sexual abuse she experienced at the hands of the ex-Michigan State University physician - many of them similarly recalling how Nassar would use treats to not only earn their trust, but also to manipulate them into silence.

Neither USA Gymnastics nor the Georgia gymnast's attorney would comment on the confidential settlement, which led to the lawsuit being dismissed April 12 and comes as USA Gymnastics defends itself in multiple lawsuits in multiple states.

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In a timeline submitted to a congressional committee investigating the scandal, the organization said it was told in mid-June 2015 of an athlete "uncomfortable" with Nassar's treatment but that it was not until late July that it made a decision to notify law enforcement "with concerns of potential sexual misconduct". She also interviewed Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, who told Guthrie that Nassar molested her on her very first visit to Karolyi Ranch and then abused her hundreds of times over the next five years.

The coaching couple who helped turn the US women's gymnastics team into a global powerhouse said in a TV interview aired on Friday that they knew nothing about the alleged sexual assaults by team doctor Larry Nassar at their training camp. And I just thought you know we need someone to give these hidden victims that haven't come forward yet, we need someone to give them validation. "Larry Nassar is a good guy'".

Years later, after a woman publicly accused Nassar of abuse in a story in the Indianapolis Star in September 2016, Wieber, like dozens of girls and women across the country, realized Nassar had been sexually assaulting her. I knew it felt unusual, but he was the national team doctor. But though the school suspended Nassar, it did not inform at least three other places of that suspension for sexual impropriety, and as a result, Nassar continued to treat girls at a Texas facility for elite Olympic-potential gymnasts, at a major gym in Lansing, and at Holt High School, where he was the sports doctor. USA Gymnastics has seen a chief executive and its entire board of directors resign, and the USOC's chief executive has also stepped down. The organization said in January it wouldn't seek to punish Maroney if she chose to break the agreement.

"I at times question if my gymnastics career was really even worth it", she said while speaking to the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, according to the Associated Press.