Kerry Perry, who took over because the president of U.S.A. Gymnastics president in December, lastly broke her silence with the information media on Sunday, taking questions for about 15 minutes. Inquiries in regards to the group’s authorized woes, monetary well being and its plans to curb abuse within the sport had been with met with imprecise solutions.
“We would like all of our athletes to grasp, together with our survivors, that it’s our intent to maintain transferring ahead with them,” she mentioned.
Chellsie Memmel, a former world champion who was a part of the panel that chosen Perry, expressed disappointment, saying she had anticipated Perry to be “the face of U.S.A. Gymnastics and the optimistic change and the optimistic drive.”
“I would like extra,” Memmel added.
The dearth of certainty about U.S.A. Gymnastics’ path ahead loomed over these championships. Hours earlier than the boys’s occasion started Thursday, Kyla Ross and Madison Kocian, each Olympic gold medalists, got here ahead as Nassar victims on “CBS This Morning,”with Ross saying that the group had not reached out to the 2 girls. And on Saturday, The New York Occasions printed a number of gymnasts’ accusations of emotional and bodily abuse by a outstanding coach, Qi Han, in North Carolina.
At TD Backyard, a pre-competition video montage confirmed the coach John Geddert embracing Jordyn Wieber, additionally an Olympic gold medalist and Nassar sufferer. Geddert operated two Michigan gyms the place Dr. Nassar molested women, and he himself has been accused of verbal and bodily abuse. Geddert was suspended by U.S.A. Gymnastics in January.
There was no official acknowledgment of Nassar’s victims on the girls’s occasion, however organizers did pay tribute to the 2008 Olympic gymnastics staff. Whereas applause for Perry was tepid, droves of women within the stands cheered loudly for the Olympians, together with Memmel and the 2008 all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin.