GUYS for an inside look at developmental camp at the Karolyi Ranch, look at @gymcats snapchat (just gymcats, no @). And also wanted to give a huge shoutout to Mia, the girl all the way to the right, for her INSANE flexibility. Big things coming from all these girls
I'm a new follower so sorry if you've already drawn this and I missed it, but could you draw Romania meeting Nadia Comăneci? I think they'd get along really well :)
“Mica mea gimnastă, smile proudly for all the world to see!”
nadia comăneci became a global sensation at the 1976 montreal olympics when she became the first female gymnast in history to score a perfect 10.0, winning three gold medals for romania. nadia was born in 1961 in onești, romania, in the carpathian mountains. she was discovered at the age of 6 by gymnastics coach bela karolyi. nadia was only 14 yrs old when she made history and dazzled audiences around the world in montreal – she received seven perfect scores and won three gold medals, a bronze medal, and a silver medal as part of the romanian national team, which placed second overall. nadia’s perfect performance redefined expectations for women athletes and the sport of gymnastics. she competed in the 1980 olympics in moscow and won two more gold and two silver medals for the romanian team. she defected to the united states in 1989, where she lives today. in 1999, nadia was awarded a world sports award as one of 20 “athletes of the 20th century” during a gala in vienna, austria. you can watch her 1976 perfect-10.0 uneven bars routine on youtube
The United States Women’s Gymnastics Team won gold by over 8 points at the 2016 Olympic Games. The team is made up of Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez, and Aly Raisman. They have nicknamed themselves “The Final Five” in honor of National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi who will be retiring after these Olympics.
“The allegations involving Dr. Nassar’s possible abuse of top U.S. gymnasts date to the spring of 2015, when a coach reported overhearing two national team gymnasts, both 2016 Olympic contenders, discussing Dr. Nassar’s treatment while on the grounds of the Karolyi Ranch national-team training center in Huntsville, Texas.
“He put his fingers in there again,” one teammate said to the other, the gymnast’s mother and her lawyer told the Journal.”
hey! if you have access to wsj and the article, would you be so kind as to screenshot it and post it for us who might not have access to it? or if you could direct us to a place where we can see it without a subscriber log in! (not sure if i cant see it bc im out of the USA)
I’ll just copy and paste.
“The parents of a former elite gymnast have sued the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics in connection with allegations of years-long sexual abuse by a former team doctor, according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court late last month.
The lawsuit, which was filed June 30 but hasn’t been previously reported, marks an escalation of the festering scandal that has shaken the sport and its governing body. It is the first among the scores of civil claims related to the scandal to allege wrongdoing by the U.S. Olympic Committee, and represents the first involvement of civil-rights attorney Gloria Allred.
Allred, known for taking on high-profile sexual-abuse cases, filed the lawsuit along with John Manly, a plaintiffs’ lawyer who is leading much of the litigation related to the scandal.
The lawsuit was filed under pseudonyms for the gymnast’s parents and seeks damages for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other civil claims. The parents argue that both USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee bear responsibility because the gymnast was under the care of those organizations at the time of the alleged assaults by physician Larry Nassar, and the parents believe those groups conspired to keep the alleged abuse secret in order to protect their reputations.
Patrick Sandusky, a spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee, declined to comment on the specific allegations because he said the organization had not been served with the lawsuit. “The allegations surrounding Nassar are astounding and heartbreaking,” he said in a statement. “We were not made aware of them until Nassar had already been reported to law enforcement. We will support any and all efforts to shine a light on the facts and to identify and address any systemic failures that contributed to the abuse that was suffered by these young women.”
A spokeswoman for USA Gymnastics said, “This is the first USA Gymnastics has heard of this lawsuit and declines to comment further.” Allred declined to comment.
While the suit does not reveal the gymnast’s identity, the complaint says she competed nationally and internationally between 2009 and 2013, and that she was regularly “subjected to sexual harassment, abuse and molestation” by Nassar.
Nassar, an osteopathic physician, served as a volunteer trainer and doctor for the U.S. national team for almost 30 years. The state of Michigan charged him in November with first-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from allegations involving a family friend who was under 13 years old; the state attorney general has since added more than 20 additional counts related to other victims, including gymnasts.
In December, federal prosecutors in Michigan charged Nassar with possession of child pornography. He is expected to plead guilty this week to the federal child-pornography counts, a person familiar with the matter said. The expected guilty plea was reported this weekend by the Detroit News.
The child-pornography charges are unrelated to Nassar’s work with gymnasts but he faces numerous civil lawsuits alleging that he sexually abused gymnasts and other athletes. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to the other pending charges against him and denied wrongdoing.
Nassar’s lawyer declined to comment on his client’s reported guilty plea, and didn’t respond to a request for comment Sunday about the gymnast’s lawsuit.
Attorney Gloria Allred is known for taking on high-profile sexual-abuse cases. PHOTO: MATT ROURKE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
According to the June 30 lawsuit, the gymnast’s parents, who live in California, first learned their daughter may have been sexually abused by Nassar in mid-July 2015. USA Gymnastics at that time was conducting a five-week internal investigation into a national team member’s claim that Nassar was molesting her, The Wall Street Journal reported in February.
During that investigation, USA Gymnastics spoke with several national team members, then referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the end of July 2015, the Journal reported.
“I think these parents feel an incredible sense of betrayal,” Manly said of the lawsuit, adding that Nassar was often unsupervised when seeing gymnasts at U.S. Olympic Committee-sponsored events and at the Karolyi Ranch training center in Texas. “Your daughter competes for her country on the national team and this horrific activity happens.”
The parents faced a potential statute-of-limitations deadline, whereas their daughter has a longer time frame in which to file a claim, said Manly, who also represents the gymnast.
USA Gymnastics is already facing three other lawsuits in California brought by former elite gymnasts, including a member of the bronze-medal winning 2000 Olympic women’s team, a former national team member, and a member of the 2010 world team.
All three gymnasts filed as Jane Does, but have since gone public on television and in congressional testimony, identifying themselves as Jamie Dantzscher, Jeanette Antolin and Mattie Larson.
Court documents from those lawsuits show that plaintiffs’ lawyers have sought information from a number of other elite gymnasts, including members of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic teams.
In depositions, top USA Gymnastics officials have declined to answer when asked whether the organization has made any confidential settlements with gymnasts, according to the court documents.
USA Gymnastics is challenging the previously filed California litigation on jurisdictional grounds, pointing out that Nassar was a Michigan resident, and that the organization is Indiana-based and incorporated in Texas, court filings show. Manly says USA Gymnastics was a national organization that conducted substantial business in California, including hosting national and international meets there.
The stakes in that fight are high. California is known as a relatively plaintiff-friendly state, where the statute of limitations runs well into victims’ adulthood and courts are often willing to award multimillion-dollar damages.”