Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Olympians Wieber, Dantzscher to testify at US Senate hearing

Olympians Wieber, Dantzscher to testify at US Senate hearing

"He told me he was going to do a checkup on me and that was the first day that I was abused", she said.

USA Gymnastics responded to Maroney's comments in a statement to NBC News and praised her courage for speaking out. She says the abuse spanned between 2006 and 2012, her medical records were destroyed, and she and her teammates "were not protected". Michigan State and the USOC have also shaken up their leadership in response to Nassar's widespread abuse.

Maroney, who won a gold medal in the team event and a silver in vault at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, first detailed her accusations by the since-convicted team doctor in a lengthy message last October.

"With everything that I went through, it was nearly hard to believe that it happened to me, and I nearly have to hear over and over and over again to start to accept it", she said. That number includes high-profile American gymnasts such as Olympic champions Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Mckayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber.

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Meanwhile, Wieber and three other Olympians will be testifying Wednesday.

"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. We are deeply sorry for abuse the survivors suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar and are working to make sure that something like this can never happen again. She also said that Nassar was allowed to be alone with athletes unlike other adults. "The people and organizations who are responsible need to accept responsibility for the pain they caused me and my sister survivors".

Now she has filed her own lawsuit against Nassar, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, and Michigan State University. "Nobody was protecting us from being taken advantage of", the statement said.

Her attorney, John Manly, said she had been abused between 50 and 100 times by Nassar, including at the Olympics and during the world championships. "Nobody was even concerned whether or not we were being sexually abused", she said. "They demanded excellence from me, but they couldn't give it to us".

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