Gymnast McKayla Maroney Alleges Sexual Abuse by Team Doctor

Gymnast McKayla Maroney Alleges Sexual Abuse by Team Doctor
In this July 29, 2012, file photo, U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney poses after completing her routine on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women's qualifications at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney says she was molested by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar from the time she was 13 to her retirement from the sport last year.

The 21-year-old posted a lengthy statement on Twitter on Wednesday that detailed the allegations of abuse. She says the abuse began at one of her first team training camps and also occurred before events at the 2012 Olympics. She and her teammates won gold for the U.S. in London and Maroney took an individual silver medal on the vault.

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Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, Mc Kayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross of the United States celebrate on the podium after winning the gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Nassar is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. He also is awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging abuse.

Attorneys for Nassar had no comment. USA Gymnastics also had no immediate comment.

Here’s Maroney’s statement on Twitter.

Associated Press

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