Today in Sports History: January 15

In 2018, US Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles announced that she was one of more than 140 women sexually abused by the former US gymnastic team doctor, Larry Nassar. 

Biles was not the only one sexually assaulted. Her USA teammates and gold medalists Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Gabby Douglas also announced that they had also survived the sexual abuse. 

As Biles came forward with her story, Maroney filed a lawsuit against the USA gymnastics team. Officials told her to remain silent about the abuse and paid her to sign a confidential settlement. 

Nassar had been convicted and sentenced to 60 years in prison for obtaining child pornography. He pleaded guilty to molestation charges and is now awaiting the abuse charges. 

Biles is a three-time all-around world champion, three-time world floor champion, two-time world balance beam champion, four-time US National all-around champion, and a member of the gold medal-winning American team in the 2014 and 2016 World Gymnastics Championships. 

She also won four gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and has set an American record for the most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single game. 

At the 2020 Toyko Olympics, Biles made an impactful decision to withdraw from the USA gymnastics team finals and individuals’ all-around competition to protect her mental health. 

While Biles cheered her team on from the sideline, teammates Suni Lee, Jordan Chiles, and Grace McCallum won the silver medal for the team competition.

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