Gymnastics: recent publications

Why Simone Biles Focusing On Her Mental Health Is a Win for Trauma Survivors

I have been enthralled with gymnastics my entire life. I can recall watching Mary Lou Retton in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics with bated breath, amazed at how someone so tiny could be so powerful. I enrolled in gymnastics shortly after that but had a mishap during a front flip in which I almost broke my neck. That obviously ended my gymnastics dreams, but I’ve never lost interest in it. It’s literally one of the only sports I watch during the Olympics.

When the accusations of sexual abuse of gymnasts by USA Gymnastics (USAG) team doctor Larry Nassar came to light, I immediately became obsessed with the story. Having endured sexual abuse of a similar nature myself as a child, I was enraged by the failure of the USAG, coaches, local and

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