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Gymnastics Doctor Pleads Guilty in Sex Abuse Case

Larry Nassar will face at least 25 years in prison

(Newser) - A sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison, the AP reports. Dr. Larry Nassar, 54, was charged with molesting seven girls, mostly under the... More »

Olympic Champ Says She Was Abused by Team Doctor

Gabby Douglas is latest to accuse Larry Nassar

(Newser) - Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas says she is among the group of athletes sexually abused by a former team doctor . Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion and a three-time gold medalist, wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday that she waited so long to reveal the abuse by Larry Nassar because... More »

US Gymnast: 'Dress Modestly and Be Classy' to Avoid Abuse

Gabby Douglas apologizes to Aly Raisman over victim-shaming tweet

(Newser) - Three former USA Gymnastics teammates were arguing about sexual abuse and victim-shaming Thursday on Twitter, with Gabby Douglas responding and then later apologizing to Aly Raisman after being called out by Simone Biles, ET reports. "Just because a woman does a sexy photo shoot or wears a sexy outfit... More »

Gold Medalist Aly Raisman: Team Doc Abused Me, Too

Gymnast says she's 'angry' and 'upset' about Larry Nassar's sexual transgressions against her

(Newser) - Another Olympic gold-medal gymnast has joined former teammate McKayla Maroney in the #MeToo movement, alleging in a 60 Minutes interview to air Sunday that USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar also sexually abused her, USA Today reports. Per ESPN , Aly Raisman, who's now 23, started seeing Nassar when she... More »

Sex Abuse Was 'Price' of Olympic Gold: McKayla Maroney

Former USA gymnast says she was abused by team doctor at 13

(Newser) - The #MeToo spotlight has moved beyond Hollywood to focus on sexual abuse at large. Case in point: In a Twitter statement including the hashtag, Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney says she endured years of sexual abuse at the hands of USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, per ESPN . The former... More »

USA Gymnastics Prez Steps Down Amid Sex Abuse Scandal

Steve Penny has been at the helm since 2005

(Newser) - Steve Penny resigned as president of USA Gymnastics on Thursday following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases , the AP reports. The resignation came a week after the US Olympic Committee's board recommended to USA Gymnastics chairman Paul Parilla that Penny should step down.... More »

Dominique Moceanu: USA Gymnastics 'Set the Stage' for Abuse

She also slams the Karolyis in Facebook post

(Newser) - Dominique Moceanu did not experience abuse at the hands of former USA Gymanstics team doctor Larry Nassar, but she fully supports the gymnasts who have come forward to accuse him of sexual abuse, including three prominent gymnasts who spoke out on 60 Minutes Sunday. "After years of suffering other... More »

3 Elite Gymnasts Now Accuse Doctor of Sex Abuse

They're the latest to accuse Larry Nassar

(Newser) - Three former elite US gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, have come forward saying they were sexually abused by a former doctor facing trial on separate abuse charges. Dantzscher, three-time US rhythmic gymnastics champion Jessica Howard, and former national team member Jeanette Antolin appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday, detailing... More »

Woman Says Gymnastics Doc Molested Her for Years

Larry Nassar will now face criminal charges in addition to multiple civil suits

(Newser) - A former US Gymnastics doctor already facing federal child pornography charges and dozens of civil lawsuits from gymnasts who say he molested them will have to stand trial for criminal sexual conduct, a Michigan judge has ruled. CBS News reports the decision was made after a 25-year-old woman testified against... More »

Report Reveals Massive Scope of Sexual Abuse of Gymnasts

368 US gymnasts as young as 6 alleged sexual abuse over 20 years

(Newser) - “I will never like being touched or physically embraced by others,” a former child gymnast says. “Something that should be a joy, enjoyed and cherished in life, will always be a struggle for me.” A massive investigation by the Indianapolis Star , encompassing nine months and hundreds... More »

Ex-USA Gymnastics Doc Denies Abuse Charges

Cops say there have been 50 more complaints

(Newser) - A former USA Gymnastics doctor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in his home with a girl under 13, charges that Michigan's attorney general said are the "tip of the iceberg" as authorities investigate roughly 50 complaints, the AP reports. Larry Nassar,... More »

Gymnasts Say Former Team USA Doc Abused Them

One accuser is a medal-winning Olympian

(Newser) - There was an ugly secret at the heart of Team USA Gymnastics for many years, according to two women who accuse a longtime team doctor of abusing them as teens. In separate legal complaints, the women say Larry Nassar groped and fondled them during multiple treatments in the 1990s and... More »

Simone Biles Exits Rio a Golden Girl

Wins a record-tying 4th gold

(Newser) - The Simone Show went out in style. And gold. Again. Simone Biles put the finishing touches on one of the greatest Olympics by a gymnast, capturing her fourth gold of the games with an electric performance in the floor exercise on Tuesday, the AP reports. The 19-year-old American completed an... More »

Simone Biles' 3rd Gold Is a First for the US

She's first US female gymnast to win gold on vault, win 3 golds in one Olympics

(Newser) - Simone Biles' golden run in Rio is picking up steam. So, surprisingly, is Great Britain's. Biles added a third gold medal to her rapidly rising haul on Sunday, easily capturing the women's vault final. The 19-year-old, who helped the "Final Five" to team gold and also dominated... More »

Simone Biles Is Untouchable in Gymnastics Final

And she brought home the gold

(Newser) - Forget the pressure. Forget the hype. Simone Biles is immune to all of it. Dynamic on vault. Effortless on beam. Jaw-dropping on floor. Brilliant all over. And now, finally, an Olympic champion. The AP reports the 19-year-old American soared to the all-around title on Wednesday afternoon, putting the gap between... More »

'World's Best Gymnast' Scores an Epic Win

Uchimura finished less than 0.1 ahead of Ukrainian rival

(Newser) - Japan's Kohei Uchimura, widely considered the greatest men's gymnast in history, won the gold medal over Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev by less than one-tenth of a point Wednesday night. Their two-hour duel provided the closest call in Uchimura's run of two Olympic crowns and six world all-around... More »

US Women's Gymnastics Dominates for Gold Medal

Team USA was more than 8 points ahead of 2nd-place Russia

(Newser) - The US women's gymnastics team won gold and gave retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi a fitting sendoff in the Olympic finals Tuesday, putting on a two-hour display of precision and class, the AP reports. Their score of 184.897 was more than eight points points clear of silver... More »

Dutch Gymnast Booted From Rio After Night Out

He broke team rules against drinking: ambassador

(Newser) - Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder was probably celebrating making the final of the men's rings event when he went partying in Rio on Saturday. Unfortunately for the former world champion, drinking—and even leaving the Olympic Village at night, apparently—is against team rules. "It's terrible for... More »

'Shocking Downfall' for the Country That Gave Us Nadia

Romanian women's team fails to qualify for Rio

(Newser) - The Romanian women's gymnastics team has scored a medal in every Olympics since 1976, making it the longest Olympic medal streak in the sport—and one that has now been broken, reports NPR . The team failed to nab a spot at the Rio Olympics during a qualifying "test... More »

Girl, 5, Paralyzed After Doing Backbend

Eden Hoelscher's mother says 'extent of damage is unheard of'

(Newser) - A 5-year-old girl in California is undergoing extensive physical therapy a few months after doing a simple backbend in her living room left her paralyzed from the waist down. Eden Hoelscher's mom, Kylee Hoelscher, reports in a GoFundMe page set up to help with that therapy that her daughter... More »

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