KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two days earlier than Simone Biles will compete for her sixth nationwide gymnastics title, she ended up in tears whereas discussing her lack of religion in U.S.A. Gymnastics, the game’s nationwide governing physique, after the Lawrence G. Nassar sexual abuse scandal.
Speaking with the information media on Wednesday after a coaching session in Kansas City, Mo., forward of the United States Gymnastics Championships, Biles was not in a position to comprise her feelings when requested a couple of tweet she posted on the topic Aug. four. The extra she learns, she stated in the tweet, the extra she feels damage by U.S.A. Gymnastics.
“It’s hard coming here to an organization and having had them fail us so many times,” Biles stated Wednesday as she started to cry.
Biles posted her tweet in response to a information story a couple of congressional subcommittee’s investigation specializing in the security of athletes in Olympic sports activities.
Biles revealed last year that she was one of more than 300 athletes who had accused Nassar, a team doctor for both U.S.A. Gymnastics and Michigan State University, of molesting them under the guise of a medical procedure.
After pleading guilty to multiple sex crimes, Nassar was sentenced last year to prison terms that amount to a life sentence. The congressional subcommittee has harshly criticized U.S.A. Gymnastics, which has been in turmoil since the Nassar scandal came to light in 2016. The federation has hired three new chief executives in the last two years.
“It becomes a problem whenever we work with future people,” Biles, 22, said. “How can we trust them? They bring in new people all the time, and I automatically put my foot up, because the people that I’ve known for years had failed us.”
Biles, who won the all-around title at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, said she still did not trust the organization.
“You had one job, you literally had one job, and you couldn’t protect us,” she said. “Did you guys really not like us that much that you couldn’t just do your job?”
Biles said that there were times after the Nassar revelations that going to the gym was too difficult. Other times, she said, a switch would flip in the middle of a workout, and she would be reminded of what happened to her and have to walk out of the gym.
“You feel everything at once; it hits you like a train wreck,” she said.
Biles also said she has had trouble trusting doctors, and that she has had to force herself to get the treatment she needs to continue in the sport. She is in therapy, she said, to help her cope with the trauma.
“As a gymnast, if we’re hurt or something goes wrong, you go to a doctor or you go to your coaches, and they tell you all the right steps to the healing process,” Biles said. “But for this, everyone’s healing process is different, and I think that’s the hardest part.”
In a statement responding to Biles’s comments, Li Li Leung, the president and chief executive of U.S.A. Gymnastics, said: “We will continue to work hard to demonstrate to Simone and all of our athletes, members, community and fans that we are working to foster a safe, positive and encouraging environment where athlete voices are heard.”
At this point, Biles said, all she can do is hope U.S.A. Gymnastics will do the right thing — even if she has her doubts.
“At the end of the day, it’s a ticking time bomb,” she said.
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