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Larry Nassar Abuse Victims Reach $380M Settlement

USA Gymnastics, USOPC agree on deal with hundreds of victims

(Newser) - The legal wrangling between USA Gymnastics and the victims of sexual abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, among others, is over. The fight for substantive change within the sport's national governing body is just beginning. A federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis on Monday confirmed a $380 million...

FBI Agent Tried to Tell Me Nassar Abuse 'Wasn't That Bad'

Larry Nassar victims speak to Senate Judiciary Committee about botched investigation

(Newser) - Simone Biles says those involved in the botched FBI investigation of her abuser, former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, need to be "federally prosecuted to the fullest extent." Her Wednesday statement in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee came a day after the Washington Post reported that the...

How Simone Biles Feels Now
How Simone Biles Feels Now
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How Simone Biles Feels Now

Star gymnast says outpouring of support shows she's 'more than my accomplishments'

(Newser) - Simone Biles acknowledged an "outpouring" of love and support Wednesday following her unexpected exit from events at the Tokyo Olympics. Meanwhile, Texas Deputy Attorney General Aaron Reitz is backtracking on his harsh criticism of the 24-year-old gymnast.
  • In a since-deleted tweet, Reitz shared video of Kerri Strug performing at
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Biles Experienced a Gymnast's 'Worst Nightmare’

Gymnasts speak out on the dangers of the 'twisties'

(Newser) - In describing the shaky landing of her Tuesday vault routine at the Tokyo Olympics—after which Simone Biles withdrew from the team and all-around individual competitions —the world's most decorated gymnast said she'd had "a little bit of the twisties." Considering she was attempting to...

Simone Biles: It Wasn't a Physical Injury

'I have to focus on my mental health,' says gymnast after exit from team competition

(Newser) - Simone Biles is shedding some light on the Olympic stunner that saw her exit from team competition on Tuesday. While USA Gymnastics cited a "medical issue," Biles herself clarified that it wasn't a physical injury, reports the Washington Post . "I just felt like it would be...

US Falls to Russia After Simone Biles Pulls Out of Finals

She left competition 'due to a medical issue'

(Newser) - The US Women's gymnastics team settled for silver on Tuesday after having to compete without golden girl Simone Biles, who USA Gymnastics confirmed had to exit the competition "due to a medical issue." It continued, "She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future...

First US Athlete Tests Positive in Japan

Kara Eaker is an alternate on the women's gymnastics team

(Newser) - An alternate on the women's gymnastic team has become the first American athlete to test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan for the Olympics. Officials say 18-year-old Kara Eaker has been transferred to a hotel for quarantine, as has Leanne Wong, an alternate who trains with Eaker and...

Ex-Olympics Gymnastic Coach Kills Self Amid Charges

John Geddert, 63, was linked to the imprisoned Larry Nassar

(Newser) - A former US Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sport doctor Larry Nassar died by suicide Thursday after being charged with two dozen crimes, including forms of human trafficking, the state attorney general said, per the AP . The announcement from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel came about three hours...

After Closing a Bad Chapter, Biles Is Ready to Compete

After the abuses under USA Gymnastics, athlete says this time, 'It's for me'

(Newser) - Simone Biles has committed to performing in the summer Olympics this year. She's up at 6am for six hours of training, six days a week, for the Games scheduled for July in Tokyo . And she's committed to being even better, though she already has more Olympic and World...

Former USA Gymnastics Coach Busted on Lewdness Charges

Terry Gray arrested on 14 counts in Las Vegas

(Newser) - A former coach, already suspended by USA Gymnastics, has been arrested in Las Vegas on 14 counts of lewdness with a child under age 14. The charges cover allegations between 2007 and 2013, police said. Terry Gray coached at a club in the city, Brown's Gymnastics, from 2009 to...

Olympic Gymnast Posts of Abuse After Coach Suspended

Laurie Hernandez took to Instagram after Wednesday's ruling on Maggie Haney

(Newser) - USA Gymnastics on Wednesday suspended coach Maggie Haney for eight years over allegations of verbal and emotional abuse. A three-person panel found the former coach of Olympic champion Laurie Hernandez had "engaged in severe aggressive behavior toward a minor that included teasing and ridiculing" and failed "to provide...

Simone Biles Has Words for USAG's Birthday Wishes

'how about you amaze me and do the right thing... have an independent investigation'

(Newser) - Simone Biles turned 23 on Saturday, and CNN reports that USA Gymnastics took the occasion to tweet a "HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the most decorated gymnast of all time, @simonebiles! We know you will only continue to amaze us and make history!" Aforementioned most decorated gymnast wasn't having...

Simone Biles Does It Again
Simone Biles
Does It Again 

Simone Biles Does It Again

She has now medaled 24 times at the world championships, more than any other gymnast

(Newser) - Simone Biles broke the all-time record for most medals by any gymnast at the world championships by winning the balance beam competition on Sunday, reports the AP . It's the 24th world championship medal for Biles, breaking a tie on 23 with the Belarusian men's gymnast Vitaly Scherbo. Biles...

Biles Breaks Medals Record for Female Gymnasts

USA wins world gymnastics team gold

(Newser) - Simone Biles won a record 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, Germany, on Tuesday as the United States retained its women's team all-around title. It was Biles' 15th career gold and broke a tie with Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals overall by a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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