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McKayla Maroney's Statement Against Larry Nassar Read Before Sentencing

McKayla Maroney's victim-impact statement against former US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who is accused of sexually abusing over 100 people, was read in court on Thursday.

"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," said Maroney.

"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 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 scars on my psyche that may never go away. It all started when I was 13 or 14 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport. It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated.' It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and It happened before I won my Silver Medal."

"For me, the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old. I had flown all day and night with the team to get to Tokyo. He'd given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a 'treatment.'"

"I thought I was going to die that night," she said. "Because the National Team training camps did not allow parents to be present, my mom and dad were unable to observe what Nassar was doing, and this has imposed a terrible and undeserved burden of guilt on my loving family."

"Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. Not only because of what he did to me, my teammates and so many other little girls – He needs to be behind bars so he will never prey upon another child. I urge you to impose the maximum sentence upon him."

Maroney's fellow U.S. Olympians Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman have also come forward as victims of Nassar's abuse.

After the statement was read, Larry Nassar had the gall to complain to the judge that she had turned the case into a "media circus." Nassar said he wasn't sure if he could "mentally" handle four days of listening to victim-impact statements.

This from the man who repeatedly sexually abused the young women in his care with no regard for the last damage he was causing to them.

"Now this is entertaining to me," slammed Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. "It's delusional. You need to talk about these issues with a therapist and that's not me."

January 19, 2018 |

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