“It’s hard coming here for an organization and having had them fail us so many times,” the five-time Olympic medalist said on Wednesday as she warmed up for the U.S. championships in Kansas City.
“We’ve done everything that they’ve asked us to even when we didn’t want to. And they couldn’t do one damn job,” Biles, 22, said while tearing up. “You had one job. You literally had one job and you couldn’t protect us.”
Biles’ emotional comments were in reaction to a congressional report published last week which found that USA Gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee and the FBI “fundamentally failed” to protect athletes from Nassar’s abuse.
USA Gymnastics did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
The star athlete came forward in January 2018 with allegations of sexual abuse against Nassar, who is currently serving a life sentence on child pornography and child sex abuse charges. Nassar is accused of serially sexually abusing over 500 athletes during his tenures with Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. Additional Olympians abused by Nassar include Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and McKayla Maroney.
“It’s just really sad because now every time I go to the doctor or training, I get worked on ― I don’t want to get worked on, but my body hurts,” Biles continued. ”… It’s just hard and we try to work through it, but it’ll take some time. I’m strong, I’ll get through it. But it’s hard.”
In response to the damning congressional report, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) proposed legislation that aims to protect Olympic and amateur athletes. The Empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes Act is a bipartisan effort to give Congress more oversight and control over governing organizations in Olympic sports, such as the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics.
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