Collegiate Star Says She Told USA Gymnastics About Team Doctor’s Abuse in 2015

20, 2015. Last year as a freshman, Nichols was a three-time All-America and a co-national champion on the uneven parallel bars. Oklahoma won its third team title in the past four seasons. Nichols, 20, said she and a coach reported the abuse to USA Gymnastics in 2015, a few years after Nassar began treating Nichols for a back injury. Nassar also pleaded guilty last year in federal court to receiving child pornography in 2004, possessing child pornography from 2003 to 2016, and destroying and concealing evidence in 2016 as he was under investigation, according to the US attorney’s office for the Western District of Michigan. Raisman also has said she was a victim of Nassar. The lawsuit alleges the sexual abuse involving Nichols happened 20 times at a training center operated by Bela and Martha Karolyi. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison. Her family will help her crusade for change in the sport. I stand with you. “I would like to let everyone know that I am doing OK. It is a work in progress,” she said. Nichols’ statement is similar to the information attributed to Jane A68 Doe in a lawsuit filed by Rachel Denhollander and 74 anonymous plaintiffs (including Nichols). (Credit: Harry How / Getty Images)
Nichols, now a star at the University of Oklahoma, said Tuesday she was joining other gymnasts who have told their stories about Larry Nassar to “bring about true change.”
“Up until now, I was identified as Athlete A by USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee and Michigan State University. Maggie Nichols competes on the balance beam during day one of the U.S. Nassar was the team doctor for USA Gymnastics through four Olympic Games, and he worked at Michigan State University from 1997 to 2016 as an associate professor and as the gymnastics and women’s crew team physician. Nassar also sent her Facebook messages complimenting her looks, Nichols said. An attorney for Nassar, Matthew Newburg, told CNN Tuesday night he had no comment on Nichols’ allegations. “I support you @MagsGotSwag12 proud of you for sharing your story. Until Tuesday, former national team gymnast Maggie Nichols had been known as “Athlete A” in investigatory documents in connection with the sexual abuse case against a former team doctor. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team Trials at SAP Center in San Jose on July 8, 2016. Two-time Olympian Aly Raisman backed her former teammate. I know this is not easy but I know you are incredibly strong. We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career.”
The organization, the governing body for the sport in the United States, said it “reported Nassar to the FBI in July 2015 and to a different FBI office again in April 2016.”
USA Gymnastics said last year it would implement 70 policy change recommendations from an independent investigator. 35.205894

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Accused in Dozens of Assaults, Former USA Gymnastics Team Doctor Pleads Guilty to Criminal Sexual Conduct Gymnast Maggie Nichols poses for a portrait ahead of the Rio Olympics, at Quixote Studios in Los Angeles on Nov. “It’s important that those who failed Maggie and so many other girls be held accountable,” Manley said. Three of those charges are related to victims who were under age 13. I want everyone to know that (Nassar) did not do this to Athlete A, he did it to Maggie Nichols,” she said in a statement. Nichols’ attorney, John Manley, said she is focusing on the next NCAA season, which begins for Oklahoma on Monday. (Credit: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)
USA Gymnastics released a statement Tuesday saying it “admires Maggie Nichols’ bravery and encourages our athletes and others, like Maggie, to share their personal experiences with abuse. In November, he pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and admitted to using his position to sexually abuse underage girls. Nassar will be sentenced next week on state charges. My strong faith has helped me endure. In 2015, a year in which Nichols was a member of Team USA’s world championship squad, a coach overheard Nichols talking with a teammate about Nassar’s conduct and they went to USA Gymnastics officials, Nichols wrote. “I trusted what he was doing at first, but then he started touching me in places I really didn’t think he should,” she said, saying the abuse happened numerous times, starting when she was 15 years old. We will get through this together!” she tweeted. More than 140 women and girls have accused him of sexual misconduct, including several American gymnasts on the “Fierce Five” team that won gold at the 2012 Olympics.