McKayla Maroney says Larry Nassar lied about her injuries and forced her to compete in the 2012 Olympics
McKayla Maroney won the gold with a stunning performance at the 2012 Olympics while suffering a concussion, broken nose and broken foot that put US team doctor Larry Nassar to shame, but he lied to coaches.
In a series of Instagram posts and tweets, Maroney backtracked on the containment to reveal the dark reality young gymnasts must endure.
In an Instagram story, Maroney, now 25, said she broke her foot in practice as soon as the team arrived in London for the 2012 Olympics because she was jet lagged and “dizzy”.
In the video, she said Larry Nassar — who is currently in prison for child pornography and sexually abusing hundreds of young girls, including Maroney — knew about the injuries and lied to then-coach Márta Károlyi, telling her it was an old rift. .
She said she’d also had a concussion test over and over — and kept failing — until she finally passed one.
“Then Márta (Károlyi) yelled at me and said, ‘Why are you being so dramatic? This is an old breakup.” It wasn’t an old break. It was another break,” Maroney said in her video.
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During her Instagram video, she talked about the injuries that were covered up, including a broken nose
During her Instagram video, she said disgraced American doctor Larry Nassar was aware of her injuries, especially her broken foot, and lied to the coach, saying it was an old injury.
McKayla Maroney of the United States performs on the floor during the women’s team event final of the World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo on October 11, 2011. The USA won gold in the event
McKayla Maroney of the USA performs during the Women’s Jump Final at the World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo on October 15, 2011
Larry Nassar, right, in prison for sexually abusing girls, including Maroney
She eventually won a gold medal and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.
After the Olympics were over, she had to undergo “miracle surgery” that she said footballers get and was told she might never do gymnastics again.
Fortunately, the operation was a success.
“In my experience, talking about abuse is extremely exhausting physically, mentally and emotionally,” she said in an Instagram post.
‘From an early age I learned to work hard and persevere. Gymnastics has taught me to be tough and resilient and to overcome all obstacles,” she wrote.
‘If you know me, or follow me, you’ve probably understood that I’m just a positive, bubbly person by nature, leaning more towards optimism and confidence, because that’s what makes me happy.
“So calling out abusers and dwelling on all the dark negatives from my past felt extremely wrong to me.
“I hated the depressing tone my life took and how the media portrayed me.
I never wanted to be seen as a victim, I just wanted Larry Nassar to be in prison and the people who made the abuse possible held accountable. I wanted to move ON and be myself again, but I had to learn the strength of my voice, boundaries and WHEN to be resilient.”