“Why are we looking at why didn’t the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture? What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak out? I am angry. I’m really upset, because it’s been – I care a lot, you know, when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is – every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think: I just want to create change, so that they never, ever have to go through this.”
Get well soon, Larisa! The entire gymternet is heartbroken for you and wishes you a speedy recovery. You’ve been through so much - from all your injuries, to missing out on Rio last year, we really thought this would be the year where everything finally fell into place for you. Whether they are fans of your gymnastics or not, gymnastics fans can all agree that your determination, passion, and sportsmanship are very admirable. We know you’ll be back in competition and on top of that podium soon! Te iubesc, Lari!