Athlete sexually abused by team doctor

By Daily Sports on October 19, 2017

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London 2012 Olympic gold medallist McKayla Maroney says she was sexually abused by former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar from the age of 13.

Maroney, 21, said she was abused over a seven-year period by Nassar.

Nassar is in prison awaiting trial in Michigan on multiple criminal sexual conduct charges and earlier this year admitted possessing child abuse images.

Maroney said the "unnecessary and disgusting" abuse started at a national-team training camp in Texas.

"It didn't end until I left the sport," she added.

But she was inspired to go public with her claims on Wednesday by others speaking out in the wake of separate allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.

"I was molested by Dr Larry Nassar, the team doctor for the US women's national gymnastics team, and Olympic team," she wrote on Twitter.

"It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated'. It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver."

Maroney won team gold as part of the USA gymnastics squad at the London 2012 Games, and took individual silver on the vault.

•Photo shows McKayla Maroney.

Source Daily Sports

Posted October 19, 2017

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