Gymnasts Blast Olympic and MSU Officials at Senate Hearing

McKayla Maroney, one of Ms. Wieber's teammates on the 2012 US gymnastics team, submitted written testimony to the committee and said her abuse from Dr. Nassar started when she was 13.

Both women were also among the 156 who testified against Nassar during a January sentencing hearing. "Alumni come up to me and wonder, 'How could this happen?" She said she was abused in a Sydney hotel room at the Olympic games, and said if there was a policy prohibiting adults from being alone in a hotel room with children, it wasn't enforced. I don't want to tell anybody about this.

Nassar, who worked for more than 20 years as the U.S. team physician, was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges and 10 counts of sexual assault of minors. "Nobody was even concerned whether or not we were being sexually abused", she said.

As a gymnast, "I was taught that I wasn't supposed to say anything", she said about her years of silence about the abuse she said began when she was 13 years old and continued until she left competitive gymnastics in 2016. Of Engler's performance, she said, "he's nearly trying to fight the survivors versus working with us". Maroney claims he would take advantage of the gymnasts' insecurities, depicting himself as a savior of sorts, in the midst of competitions.

Wieber was joined on the stand by three other athletes, one of them being fellow Olympic gymnast Jamie Dantzscher.

McKayla Maroney said Larry Nassar would manipulate her by earning her trust with food.

"Everyone was there - no one thought anything of it", she said. "I would cringe at how uncomfortable it felt", she said.

"A questions that has been asked over and over is: How could Larry Nassar have been able to assault so many women and girls for more than two decades", Maroney said in written testimony to the committee.

Maurizi's question to MSU officials was based on his observation that many people in the figure skating community likely knew more than they let on about his abuser.

"This is a case of powerful people protecting other powerful people", Dantzscher said, "It is up to you, as powerful members of the United States Senate to hold them accountable". I definitely see a future where athletes are safe and succeeding, and I think this next generation is gonna be even stronger with everything that we're team won gold medals in spite of U.S.A. Gymnastics, M.S.U., and the U.S.O.C., and they don't build champions, they break them.

  • Jon Douglas