Set off warning: This story discusses Netflix’s documentary Athlete A, which comprises descriptions of sexual abuse.
Athlete A is now streaming on Netflix and it tells the story of elite gymnasts who suffered sexual abuse by the hands of disgraced USA Gymnastics physician and convicted sexual offender Larry Nassar.
Again in 2015 when Maggie Nichols was the primary athlete to report back to USAG that she had been abused by the physician, she was identified merely as “Athlete A.” However within the Netflix documentary, she’s able to share her story.
What occurred to Maggie Nichols?
We hear so much from Maggie Nichols and her household in Athlete A, and watch footage of her all the way in which from her days as a four-year-old little one in gymnastics class to when she turns into an elite gymnast and has the prospect of taking her dream all the way in which to the Olympic stage.
“The purpose was to attempt to be an elite gymnast and to make the nationwide crew,” she says. “I did on-line college as effectively, so I might prepare extra within the gymnasium.”
She excelled at her sport and started coaching with the nationwide crew, which is when the abuse by the hands of Nassar started. Having been coaching since she was a baby, and sometimes coping with accidents, Maggie knew that Nassar’s medical procedures deviated from what was commonplace.
Although the physician had molested lots of of girls earlier than her, Maggie grew to become the primary to report his abuse to USA Gymnastics. USAG referred the allegations to the FBI, who didn’t act rapidly in investigating or eradicating the physician.
The place is Maggie Nichols now?
After Maggie reported Nassar’s abuse in 2015, the USAG, who “had the Olympics hanging over our heads,” says her father, made certain the gymnast wouldn’t advance to the Olympics, or no less than that is the way it appears within the documentary.
“After the 2016 Olympic trials,” she says in Athlete A, Maggie “determined to retire from elite gymnastics and transfer on to NCAA gymnastics.” Whereas her senior yr was lower brief, she has competed for the College of Oklahoma and, in 2018 and 2019, was named the NCAA Nationwide All-Round Champion.
Whereas elite gymnastics “form of beat me down,” she says she’s discovered a brand new “love for the game once more.”
Within the fall, Maggie is poised to enter the following part of her gymnastics profession: teaching. “I am actually excited to be on the opposite aspect of the game,” she informed Glamour. “Everybody’s gymnastics type is completely different, which I really like, and I am actually excited to assist each individual that’s on the crew grow to be the most effective model of themselves.”
Whereas she says it was a tough choice to talk out for the Netflix documentary, she’s now “very excited by the way it turned out and the way actually highly effective it’s.”
“I believe that lots of people do not realize how horrible the case actually is and the way many individuals had been affected,” she continues. “It is extraordinarily uncooked and actual.”
Maggie hopes that elite gymnastics as an entire will change for the sake of younger ladies getting into the game. “I simply hope and imagine that there shall be loads of change that shall be made and any report [of abuse] that’s filed shall be taken care of straight away,” she says, with the dream that ladies sooner or later can take solace and really feel protected within the sport, not like she and her teammates did.
The inspiring younger athlete has discovered a love for the game as soon as once more, and hopes that future athletes really feel like they will come ahead and “share their voice.”
Athlete A is now streaming on Netflix.