“Somehow MLT is basically the Anthony Scaramucci of USAG.” -AR Fedorova on Mary Lee Tracy’s short tenure, which, fun fact, lasted for about the lifespan of the marine microorganism the gastrotrich (adjusts taped glasses)
The dumbest shit
USAG hired MLT. USA Gymnastics named Mary Lee Tracy their elite development coordinator on Tuesday.
Reminder: MLT has faced backlash for defending Larry Nassar in 2016 after 50 survivors had come forward and for questioning Aly Raisman’s account of conditions at the Ranch, and has faced accusations from former gymnasts like Alyssa Beckerman and Dominique Moceanu of unhealthy coaching methods.
Survivors reacted. Aly Raisman was not happy about the appointment, and neither were Sarah Klein or Rachael Denhollander, who called the appointment a “slap in the face.” Survivor Chelsea Kroll Williams called it “maddening.”
MLT reacted back. MLT responded on Facebook, saying “I was fooled [by Nassar] too!” and new women’s team coordinator Tom Forster defended her. She then said on Thursday that she might resign due to alleged cyberbullying and threatening emails.
MLT tried to apologize. In a truly bizarre turn of events (WHY is this transpiring on Facebook like 2007 prom drama), MLT said on Friday that USAG CEO Kerry Perry told her to either resign or be fired after she tried to contact “Ali” to apologize.
USAG fired MLT. USAG released a statement saying MLT was being asked to resign because she “inappropriately” contacted a survivor and plaintiff in a suit against USAG.
Strangely, Mama Lynn Raisman said that to her knowledge Aly was never contacted.
There’s no confidence in Kerry Perry. Meanwhile, new U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland made her first public statement on Friday, calling for “adjustments in leadership” at USAG.
Other dumb shit
Klages was arraigned. Former Michigan State University gymnastics coach Kathie Klages turned herself in to authorities on Thursday. She was arraigned on charges of lying to police about when she knew about Larry Nassar’s abuse.
She denied knowing about the abuse before 2016, but Larissa Boyce and one other survivor say they informed her in 1997. Survivor Lindsey Lemke waited outside the courthouse for Klages to turn herself in. Meanwhile, Klages was (finally) added to Safe Sport’s Permanently Ineligible Members list.
The NCAA cleared MSU. In another installment of our ongoing series, “Wut,” the NCAA found no violations in its investigation of abuse at MSU.
Nassar’s appeal was denied. Judge Aquilina denied Larry Nassar’s request for a new sentencing in Ingham County, Michigan on Monday, saying “This is not Burger King. He will not have it his way.” He has also been moved to a federal prison in Florida.
- Everest Gymnastics head coach Qi Han denied allegations of abuse on Wednesday.
- Japan’s Sae Miyakawa is upset about how her coach’s dismissal was handled, and might withdraw from worlds. Her coach has been accused of hitting her and pulling her hair.
- The University of Illinois at Chicago announced on Friday that the 2018-19 gymnastics season will be its last. Here’s what you can do to help.
- The Future of Men’s Gymnastics Is Not Well-Balanced (The New York Times). Psst: Mark Williams has an opinion on this one…as do I.
- AP sports writer Will Graves asks, what does it mean to burn it down?
- The NCAA isn’t punishing Michigan State, but *actual* authorities should (SB Nation).
Making new friends this year? France hung out with the ladies of WCC.
Wanna kill 10 seconds? This boomerang catch seems dangerous and unnecessary, and I’m here for it.
Need a change in perspective? China’s tumbling world champion will compete as an artistic gymnast.
Ready for fall? Here’s what we know so far about NCAA’s rosters, thanks, of course, to Spencer.
Need a breath of fresh air? Aly and mama Raisman were on Gymcastic.
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