“I wanted to think that it had not happened”

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Simone Biles (23), the most successful gymnast in sports history, has given a long interview to Vogue about the abuses suffered by the former physician of the United States national gymnastics team, Larry Nassar. The doctor was convicted of pedophilia and sexually abusing hundreds of athletes over the course of two decades, including Biles.

In her talk with the media, the gymnast admits that it was the testimony of her former partner Maggie Nichols that made her consider for the first time the fact that she could also have been a victim of the former doctor. “I felt like I had been treated the same way … because it was not in the same measure as the other girls. Some of my friends had a very, very bad time. They were their favorites. As it was not my case, I felt that it did not happen, “she confesses.

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Biles admits that his great achievements and star status made it difficult for him to become aware. “I felt like I knew it. I didn’t want to admit it, I didn’t want to admit that it had happened. I thought America wanted me to be perfect. Every time an American wins in a Olympics, he’s America’s boyfriend or girlfriend. How could that happen to him? America’s girlfriend? “he asks.

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The best gymnast in the world and probably of all times confesses that she had a very bad time and even moved to her parents’ house when Nassar’s abuse case was uncovered: “I was very depressed and had very little sleep. That was the closest thing to death. It was a very dark time, “he explains.

However, he says that making it public was the best thing he could have done: “Making my relationship with him public was a relief. I knew that doing so would help the other survivors feel more comfortable when it comes to telling the story,” he says in the magazine. .

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