It’s a horrifying read and a heartbreaking watch, but McKayla Maroney‘s latest Olympic testimonials must be heard the world over.
“So, @USAGym and USOC aka @TeamUSA… When I was under “your care” in Tokyo competing for Team USA at 15, and my parents weren’t allowed to stay in my hotel, or see me in person… When I was all alone, naked, with Larry Nassar on top of me for 50min balling. Who’s fault is that?” asks Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney in her latest set of tweets.
Maroney, now 25, is speaking out against pedophile doctor Larry Nassar. And the world needs to listen in the wake of Simone Biles’, 24, withdrawal from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Biles has hinted at the trauma of Nassar’s abuse is partly at play in her decision, which cites her suffering mental health. And Maroney’s testimony paints a horrific, vivid picture of what these women endured throughout their Olympic childhoods.
Through social media, Mckayla Maroney is revealing further details of her abuse at Nassar’s hands. From being forced to compete in 2012 with a broken foot and concussion after Nassar’s lies, to being left “starving” and the immense verbal and physical abuse, this is not something that simply goes away.
Watch McKayla Maroney’s Latest, Emotional Testimonial on ‘Nassar’s Lies’
“As soon as I got to London, I broke my foot,” Maroney reveals. “I also, two weeks before the Olympics, hit the back of my head so hard that my nose broke. A bone in my nose exploded to protect my brain from brain damage…. So I had a very bad concussion two weeks before Olympic Trials and if you’ve ever had a really bad concussion you know it takes a while to heal from.”
According to Maroney, Nassar knew of her injuries. But he chose to lie to her coaches so she would compete.
“I had to do that concussion test over and over and over again – I feel like you’re probably not allowed to do that – until I passed, but I needed to go to trials and I needed to go to the Olympics. My doctors knew that, Larry Nassar knew that,” she recalls.
“The sesamoid bone in my foot was completely shattered and dislocated… I had to get a ‘miracle surgery’… They told me I’d probably [never] do gymnastics again.”
Olympic ‘Culture of Silence’ Allows Abuse to Flourish
It took years for Mckayla Maroney to find the opportunity to speak out about Larry Nassar’s horrific abuse. “I was told to “shut the f**k up, and don’t ever say anything like that about Larry Nassar again” by an older teammate I looked up to,’ she reveals.
“That scared the hell out of me, so I listened, and didn’t say anything for a long time. I just suppressed it until it came up again in 2015.”
In her recent Instagram testimonial, the Olympic Gold Medalist details that, “From my experience speaking up about abuse is extremely exhausting physically, mentally, and emotionally.”
“From a young age I was taught to work hard, and persevere. Gymnastics also taught me to be tough, resilient, and to overcome all obstacles,’ she says.
By her own words, Mckayla Maroney “never wanted to be seen as a victim”. She wants justice.
“I just wanted Larry Nassar in jail, and the people who enabled the abuse to be held accountable.”