Michigan Olympian Jordyn Wieber files lawsuit in Nassar case

by Garry Watts April 19, 2018, 1:44
Michigan Olympian Jordyn Wieber files lawsuit in Nassar case

Two Olympic gymnasts will testify before members of Congress Wednesday.

Back in January, U.S. gold medalist Jordyn Wieber admitted that she, too, was abused by Larry Nassar.

Congress has already passed legislation meant to crack down on athlete abuse, creating an organization to investigate abuse and requiring officials to report suspected incidents as soon as possible.

The elite athletes spoke passionately about how the national governing bodies failed to protect them.

Wieber's suit also claims that USA Gymnastics destroyed her medical records to hide the sexual abuse. In her first public remarks since revealing she was among Nassar's victims, Maroney says she is trying to get on with her life and is making child abuse prevention a priority. Oh, and she helped put Nassar behind bars for up to 170 years.

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Speedskater Bridie Farrel and figure skater Craig Maurizi will be in Washington, D.C.as well, both have said they were abused by a mentor or coach while competing in their sport.

Wieber is being represented by attorney Vince Finaldi, who shares a law practice with John Manly, a Los Angles attorney who is representing other Olympians suing Nassar. "Nobody was protecting us from being taken advantage of", the statement said.

"Former gymnasts and their families sat down with me and Chairman Moran to share their deeply personal stories, further underscoring the urgency of rooting out appalling abuse in amateur sports". Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who is a Michigan State alumnus, said the school "has an obligation" to be supportive of Nassar's victims. Ultimately, she blames authorities such as Nassar's former employers Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and USOC for their failure to stop Nassar's abuse.

Wieber is the fourth Olympic gymnast - joining Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Jamie Dantzscher - to sue Olympic organisations and MSU over allegations of abuse by Nassar, who was convicted this year of 10 sexual assaults in MI and sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. "They demanded excellence from me, but they couldn't give it to us".

"I further came to learn that he had been quietly dismissed by USA Gymnastics based upon allegations that he had sexually abused minors on our Olympic and National Women's Gymnastics Teams", she said. "So you can't tell people this", Maroney recalled.

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