U.S. gymnast and Olympic champion Simone Biles spoke out in 2021 about her psychological well being, and specifically the sexual abuse she skilled by the hands of former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar.
In the course of the Tokyo Olympics, she withdrew from the ladies’s crew ultimate, citing her psychological well being struggles. Then, in mid-September, the four-time Olympic gold medalist testified earlier than a Senate committee about how the FBI, USA Gymnastics, and Olympic officers failed to guard her and others from Nassar’s abuse.
In a Sept. 27, 2021, interview with New York Magazine, Biles spoke up concerning the toll the previous seven years had taken on her:
“If you looked at everything I’ve gone through for the past seven years, I should have never made another Olympic team,” Biles says, her eyes filling with tears. “I should have quit way before Tokyo, when Larry Nassar was in the media for two years. It was too much. But I was not going to let him take something I’ve worked for since I was 6 years old. I wasn’t going to let him take that joy away from me. So I pushed past that for as long as my mind and my body would let me.”
Nassar, a convicted intercourse offender, is at present serving as much as 175 years in jail. He had sexually assaulted greater than a 100 victims, and possessed hundreds of photographs of kid pornography, in line with a Justice Division report.
Within the interview, Biles would go on to explain how she is again in remedy, and spending extra time specializing in herself. “This will probably be something I work through for 20 years. No matter how much I try to forget. It’s a work in progress,” she mentioned.
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