McKayla Maroney letter to judge in Nassar child porn case – Orange County Register

Former U.S. Olympic and USA Gymnastics women’s national team physican Larry Nassar is scheduled to be sentenced on federal child pornography charges in U.S. District Court in Michigan Thursday. Nassar has also been accused by more than a hundred former gymnasts and athletes of sexually abusing them as teenagers. Some of Nassar’s alleged victims are even younger.

Among the survivors of Nassar’s alleged abuse are McKayla Maroney and three of her teammates on the Fierce Five, the record-shattering 2012 Olympic gold medal team.

Here is Maroney’s letter to Judge Janet T. Neff ahead of Thursday’s hearing.

Honorable Janet T. Neff 110 Michigan St NW Courtroom 401 Federal Building Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Re: Victim Impact Statement of McKayla Maroney

Dear Judge Neff

For as long as I can remember, gymnastics was my life. As a child, my mom said, “I need to put this child in gymnastics, to tire her out.” You could say I was in gymnastics since the age of 18 months. I’ve always felt comfortable in the gym, sort of my home away from home.

I was 7 years old for my first competition. I remember getting ready for the meet. I got my hair braided with a cool bow, and some sparkles. I got to wear this really awesome leo, and wore a matching warm-up. Life was good, I looked good… and I was pretty certain that one day I’d be heading off to the Olympics!

The Olympics is something that brings people hope and joy. It inspires people to fight for their dreams, because anything is possible with hard-work and dedication. I remember watching the 2004 Olympics. I was 8 years old, and I told myself that one day I would wear that red, white, and blue leotard, and compete for my country. Sure, from the outside looking in, it’s a remarkable and amazing story. I did it. I got there, but not without a price. I made the US National Team at the age of 14, and began to compete throughout the world for my country. When I first met Larry Nassar, he was the doctor for our National Team and our Olympic team. I was told to trust him, that he would treat my injuries and make it possible for me to achieve my Olympic dreams. Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving “medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years.”

As it turns out, much to my demise, Dr Nassar was not a doctor, he in fact is, was, and forever shall be, a child molester, and a monster of a human being. End of story! He abused my trust, he abused my body and he left…

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