Maggie Nichols Was First to Alert USAG of Abuse by Larry Nassar
Former U.S. national team gymnast, and current University of Oklahoma gymnast Maggie Nichols states she too was abused by Team USA physician Larry Nassar.
She wrote in her letter that Nassar initially treated her for an elbow injury but then, when she was 15, for severe back pain.
“I started to have back problems while at a National Team Camp at the Karolyi Ranch. This is when the changes in his medical treatments occurred,” Nichols wrote. “I remember he took me into the training room, closed the door and closed the blinds. At the time I thought this was kind of weird but figured it must be okay … but then he started touching me in places I really didn’t think he should.”
Nichols said Nassar performed the treatments without gloves, without anyone else in the room and without explaining the reasoning behind his methods, echoing allegations raised by several other former Team USA gymnasts.
“One day at practice, I was talking to my teammate, and brought up Dr. Nassar and his treatments. When I was talking to her, my coach overheard. I had never told my coach about these treatments. After hearing our conversation she asked me more questions about it and said it doesn’t seem right … so she did the right thing and reported this abuse to the USA Gymnastics staff,” Nichols wrote.
“Not only was Larry Nassar my doctor, I thought he was my friend. He contacted me on Facebook complimenting me and telling me how beautiful I looked on numerous occasions. But I was only 15 and I just thought he was trying to be nice to me. Now I believe this was part of the grooming process I recently learned about,” Nichols wrote. “We were subjected to Dr. Nassar at every National Team Camp which occurred monthly at the Karolyi Ranch. His job was to care for our health and treat our injuries. Instead, he violated our innocence.”