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Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, one of more than a hundred gymnasts molested by former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar, spoke on The Today Show Wednesday about her abuse.
“I think we're very good at compartmentalizing things,” Biles said, of how she was able to compete so successfully despite the abuse she and her teammates suffered at the hands of Nassar. “We push it in the back of our heads because we don't want anyone to think of that, or we don't want ourselves to think about that. We go out with a full heart and compete because that's what we love to do, to represent our country.”
Biles called the judge who sentenced Nassar to 40-175 years last week “her hero,” and said she was a “boss.”
“The judge is my hero because she gave it to him straight and didn't let him get the power over the girls,” she said. “And letting the girls speak is very powerful.”
Biles has a movie about her life coming out on Lifetime this weekend, is back in the gym training for the 2020 Olympics, and is planning to attend the nonprofit, online University of the People as a student with her fees waived, studying business.
The new president of the USA Gymnastics organization, Kerry Perry, traveled to visit and introduce herself to Biles, she said, but the United States Olympic Committee has not reached out to her to discuss Nassar and her experience.
“As one of the top athletes, advocating for gymnastics and Olympics, I think it's crazy,” Biles said, of the organization's silence. “Hopefully they'll reach out.”