I remember hearing a news story about a person who sexually abused around 500 women awhile ago. I did not know it was a doctor at that time, so I could not believe how this was possible due to the fact that 500 is a mind-boggling number. I did not know what Athlete A was about at first. I just decided to watch it even without reading the synopsis because I enjoy watching sports documentaries in general. My mind was blown when I watched it. I did not expect that these perpetrators would really go that far to prey on these girls and cover up for all those years.
“YOU KNOW, THESE CHILDREN ARE ALL BEING ADVISED BY ADULTS, AS TO HOW THEY CAN REALIZE THEIR OLYMPIC DREAM. SO YOU’RE BASICALLY USING THAT CHILD’S DREAM TO BUILD THIS BRAND. AND THEY WERE SO BUSY TRYING TO SELL THAT BRAND, THEY DIDN’T HAVE TIME FOR THOSE GIRLS.”
- It looked like they were operating the US Gymnastics Olympic program from the outside, but it looked more like they were using that as a front to operate an underage prostitution/pedophile ring in my opinion. In society, people would generally tell you to be aware of people who look like this and that, talk like this and that, dress like this and that, and etc. However, they would never tell you to stay away or be aware of people like Steve Penny and Larry Nassar.
- Maggie Nichols was one of the many victims. She is the person described as the Athlete A in the documentary. She is from a place called Little Canada, MN, so she is brighter than some others at her age. When she felt her vagina being penetrated with fingers of Larry Nassar, she knew it was just not right and did not make sense. When she reported this incident to the authority with her coach by her side, Steve Penny and others lied to Maggie and her parents to keep things on the hush. While feeding Maggie and her parents with a bunch of BS, they were slowly planning to whiteball Maggie from the US Olympic team and spotlights. Eventually, she was cut from the team all because she reported a legitimate sexual abuse.
- Some can look at as they were using child’s dream to build a brand. And they were so busy trying to sell that brand, they didn’t have time for those girls. However, in my opinion, they were using these children like prostitutes to pay their bills, mortgages and their lifestyles. I would not be surprised if actual prostitutes get treated better with more respect than those girls who were trying their hardest to make the US Olympic team. Plus, this was ongoing for a decade or so if I got the story correctly. There were plenty of time for those girls.