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US Olympian Simone Biles Says She Was Abused By Former Team Doctor Larry Nassar

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US Olympian Simone Biles Says She Was Abused By Former Team Doctor Larry Nassar

Quadruple Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is the latest person to speak up against former USA gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar abusing her as the 54 year old awaits sentencing for abusing three other gymnasts.

20 year old Biles became the darling of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro just 18 months ago in the summer of 2016 when she won four gold and one bronze medal in gymnastics at the Games.

However US gymnastics has been hit with a dark cloud in recent months with the team's former doctor Larry Nassar being sentenced for 60 years in prison for having child sex abuse images on his computer.

Larry Nassar in court. Image: PA Images
Larry Nassar in court. Image: PA Images
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In November Nassar also pleaded guilty to the sexul abuse of former gymnasts in his team Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. Now Biles has made a statement to say that she too was abused.

In a long statement Biles said, "I am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar."

Nassar was sacked in his role at US gymnastics in July 2015 after around 30 years of service to the team and since more than 150 women have filed lawsuits against him alleging abuse.

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He is already serving 60 years in prison for the illegal images on his computer and is now awaiting sentencing for pleading guilty to assaulting seven girls, the sentencing will be between 40 to 125 years.

Thankfully to the bravery of the women who have come forward up until now Nassar won't be able to abuse anyone else.

Maggie Nichols is one of many women to come forward over this case. Image: PA Images.
Maggie Nichols is one of many women to come forward over this case. Image: PA Images.

After an incredible 2016 when she became the face of the Olympics due to her incredible achievements and instantly likeable personal Biles decided to take the whole of 2017 off from competing.

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She returned to conditioning training late in the year and claimed that she would return to competing sometime in 2018, which is yet to be confirmed, and changed coaches to Laurent Landi.

Her long term goal will of course be to defend her titles in Tokyo in two years time.

Topics: Simone Biles, Gymnastics, olympics, USA

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