Beneath their beauty lies a painful past for Olympic gymnasts

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Opinion

August 16, 2019 - 4:14 PM

To appreciate the athleticism of gymnast Simone Biles, you have to watch her in slow motion. How she can propel her body high enough to clear a Ford Expedition while she unfurls with flips and twists is beyond comprehension.

Biles was in Kansas City Sunday competing in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships where she not only became the first female gymnast to land a triple-twisting double somersault in a floor exercise but also secured her sixth title.

As the reigning world champion in gymnastics, Biles is using that powerful platform to criticize U.S. Gymnastics for failing to protect her and her teammates from sexual assault by gym owners, coaches and staff. Most notorious is Larry Nassar, a USGA team doctor who sexually abused hundreds of young athletes over 14 years.

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