"Sometimes I wonder if my gymnastics career is really worth it," said McKayla Maroney on Tuesday. (Mike Coppola / Getty Images)
McKayla Maroney spoke publicly for the first time since the outbreak of the Larry Nassar scandal and the 22-year-old Olympian made it clear she was still struggling with the aftermath of years of sexual abuse the disgraced former team doctor of the USA gymnastics. Maroney even said that she sometimes wonders if her decorated career was "worth it", but she emphasized that she is "moving forward" looking for major changes from the institutions involved in the Nassar case.
On Tuesday at an event organized by The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Maroney Nassar called a "monster" and told the room of 250 attendees (about time): "I should never have met him."
"I sometimes ask if my gymnastics career was worth it, because of the things I'm dealing with now, because sometimes you just get left in the dust," Maroney said. "You have to pick up the parts of your life that was the hardest part for me, but it's always three steps forward, two steps back."
Maroney, a member of the 2012 Gold Medal US Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team, had previously written about Nassar, including published a Twitter post in October, accusing Nassar of abusing her from the age of 13 until she left the sport in 2016. She also made a statement that a Michigan prosecutor had to read in court for Nassar during a January hearing over 150 other victims and family members personally confronted him, including 2012 Maroney teammates Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber.
Raisman became a particularly astute critic of US Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee, and Michigan State University. where Nassar served for two decades, for what she described as her role, not only to allow his abuse for many years, but also to create a climate of fear and powerlessness among the athletes s. On Tuesday, Maroney said that "within the gym world, there is no question that needs to be rebuilt from scratch so that never happens again."
"I definitely see a future where athletes are safe and successful." My team won gold medals in despite USA Gymnastics, MSU and the USOC, "Maroney said. "They're not building champions, they're breaking them, but we're changing that."
Under the leadership of these bodies, major changes have taken place, including the resignation of USOC and MSU presidents and the entire USG Board of Directors. Maroney claimed (via CNN) that the institutions were only interested in "money, medals" and not in the welfare of their athletes and said they demanded "excellency from me, but they could not give it to us."
Maroney filed a lawsuit against USAG in December claiming that an agreement she had previously reached with the organization did not allow her to speak out against Nassar. On Tuesday, Wieber became the youngest Olympian to sue the three institutions. He joined Raisman and Jamie Dantzscher and Maroney as Wieber cursed the lack of responsibility of the USAG and Michigan State [that] for me and many other girls. confused and disappointed.
"We are very sorry that we have abused the survivors that Larry Nassar suffered and are working to ensure that this can never happen again," a MSU spokeswoman said in a statement Michigans was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison and also received a 60-year sentence for alleged child pornography from a federal court.
Maroney wrote the testimony of Raisman and Wieber to the flood of women's stories of harassment and abuse that #MeToo "In a way, fear became fearless when I knew it would help so many people," she told the NYSPCC audience.
"I have this secret carried around with me. Many people say it's capable of speaking, and that's really it.
She described the healing process as "day after day" based on scars added by Nassar, but added, "If there is one thing gymnastics teaches you, you'll get up when you fall. We can not give up [the fight] to end sexual abuse.
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