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Simone Biles Is the First Person to Land This Dismount

Gymnast makes history with 'double double' beam dismount

(Newser) - Simone Biles made history Friday, becoming the first gymnast ever to pull off a "double double" dismount off the balance beam. As Team USA explains in a press release , the move's full name is "double twisting, double somersault dismount," and no one else had ever even... More »

He's Accused of 'Protecting a Child Molester.' Now, a $2.4M Payoff

Scott Blackmun, ex-CEO of US Olympic Committee, allegedly let Nassar abuse continue

(Newser) - Gymnasts who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar just learned the man who allegedly allowed that abuse to continue walked away with $2.4 million in severance. Scott Blackmun—the former CEO of the US Olympic Committee, now dubbed the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee—learned about... More »

Star Gymnast on Abuse: 'I Denied It ... Buried It'

Simone Biles says she's stronger now

(Newser) - Simone Biles said she wanted to be seen as a top gymnast, not as a victim. She hesitated to tell anyone that she'd been sexually abused —or to confront the matter herself. "And so I denied it, and I buried it," the athlete told actress Priyanka... More »

Embattled USA Gymnastics Hires Latest President

Li Li Leung is 4th person in the position in 2 years

(Newser) - USA Gymnastics is turning to NBA executive Li Li Leung to help turn the embattled program around, the AP reports. The organization named Leung as its new president and chief executive officer on Tuesday as it fights to retain its status as the national governing body for the sport after... More »

USA Gymnastics Files for Bankruptcy

AP calls it an effort to ensure organization's survival

(Newser) - USA Gymnastics is turning to bankruptcy in an effort to ensure its survival, the AP reports. The embattled organization filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Wednesday as it attempts to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces and to forestall its potential demise at the hands... More »

USA Gymnastics Won't Jump, So USOC Will Push It

Organization refused to give it status voluntarily

(Newser) - USA Gymnastics has refused to give up its status at the sport's national governing body, so the US Olympic Committee has started what could be a months-long process to force it out. The USOC first moved to decertify USA Gymnastics earlier this month, saying the organization had failed to... More »

USOC Moves to Shut Down USA Gymnastics

First step toward decertification has been taken

(Newser) - The US Olympic Committee took steps Monday to decertify USA Gymnastics as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, choosing the nuclear option for an organization that botched its own rebuilding attempt in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. In an... More »

Ex-USA Gymnastics Head Indicted, Arrested

Steve Penny is accused of evidence tampering

(Newser) - Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the Walker County district attorney's office in Huntsville, Texas, said... More »

USA Gymnastics' Interim President Resigns After 4 Days

Mary Bono is second leader to step down in 2 months

(Newser) - Just four days into her job as interim president of USA Gymnastics, Mary Bono is out. Bono, a former Republican congresswoman, had just replaced former president and CEO Kerry Perry, who herself resigned after just nine months on the job amid criticism she was not adequately responding to the Larry... More »

Gold Medalist Stunned Over Latest USA Gymnastics Move

Simone Biles is critical of organization's new interim leader

(Newser) - USA Gymnastics is trying to get past months of scandal—but as of Saturday, their house is still rocking. The organization's appointment of Mary Bono as interim president and CEO landed with a shockwave when gold medalist Simone Biles reacted in disbelief: "*Mouth drop* ... don't worry, it'... More »

Another Head Rolls at USA Gymnastics

Kerry Perry resigns as president of scandal-hit organization

(Newser) - Kerry Perry resigned under pressure as USA Gymnastics president Tuesday, the move coming days after the US Olympic Committee questioned her ability to lead a path forward for an organization rocked by scandal. Perry spent nine months on the job and repeatedly came under scrutiny by athletes who felt she... More »

New USA Gymnastics Coach Fired After Only 3 Days

Mary Lee Tracy contacted Aly Raisman without permission

(Newser) - Not a month into her new job as CEO of the US Olympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland has seen enough from USA Gymnastics. She's calling for yet another shake-up in the federation's leadership as it tries to remake itself in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. Hirshland... More »

Simone Biles' Leotard Sends a Message

She dresses in teal for survivors of sexual abuse, while breaking a record

(Newser) - Simone Biles had quite a night. The 21-year-old not only became the first woman to win a fifth US women's gymnastics title on Sunday, she did so while sending a message about sexual abuse. Biles wore a teal leotard, the color designated for survivors, and Biles tells the AP... More »

Larry Nassar Attacked in Prison, Lawyer Says

Within hours of being released into the general population, according to new court filing

(Newser) - Within hours of being released into the general prison population in late May, Larry Nassar was attacked by other inmates, according to a Tuesday court filing by his lawyer. Nassar's attorney filed the documents to appeal the sentence handed down to the sports doctor, who pleaded guilty to sexual... More »

Sports Doc Larry Nassar Now in Trouble in Texas

New charges are linked to six former patients treated at Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville

(Newser) - Disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, who has already been sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing former patients in Michigan, is facing an additional six counts of sexual assault in Texas, reports NBC . Authorities have also charged trainer Debbie Van Horn with one count of sexual... More »

Nassar, USA Gymnastics Hid Real Reason for Absences

Parents were told he was sick or focusing on his private practice

(Newser) - USA Gymnastics helped disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar hide from parents the fact that he was under investigation for child sexual abuse, reports the Indianapolis Star . On at least two occasions, Nassar and an attorney for the gymnastics organization developed cover stories for his absences from events that preceded the... More »

McKayla Maroney: Larry Nassar Molested Me First Day We Met

And 'hundreds' of times after that, she says

(Newser) - McKayla Maroney is detailing her abuse at the hands of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar for the first time in an interview with Savannah Guthrie set to air Sunday on Dateline. On the first day she met Nassar, when she was 13 years old, "He told me... More »

Aly Raisman Goes After US Olympic Committee

Nassar, USA Gymanstics also named in lawsuit

(Newser) - Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman is suing the US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, claiming both organizations "knew or should have known" about abusive patterns by disgraced former national team doctor Larry Nassar, the AP reports. The lawsuit, filed in California on Wednesday, alleges negligence by the USOC and... More »

Amidst Furor and Cancer, US Olympic Boss Is Out

Calls for Scott Blackmun's ouster had been growing louder

(Newser) - Scott Blackmun resigned as CEO of the US Olympic Committee on Wednesday, stepping aside so he can tackle his worsening bout with prostate cancer and to allow the federation to move forward under new leadership to address the sex-abuse scandal that has rocked gymnastics and other sports. The 60-year-old CEO... More »

Jared Fogle Invokes Name of Larry Nassar in Latest Bid

Former Subway pitchman wants to withdraw his guilty pleas

(Newser) - Jared Fogle remains very busy trying to get himself out of jail —and apparently keeping up with current events. The former Subway pitchman's new legal gambit revolves around the case of disgraced Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar , reports the Blast . In newly filed legal documents, Fogle complains... More »

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