Bela and Martha Karolyi, Previous Gymnastics Coaches, Deny Understanding About Nassar's Abuse

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Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Ms. Maroney and also hundreds of other gymnasts, each elite and aspiring, given announcements in two counties in MI earlier this year earlier Dr. Nassar has been sentenced to forty to 125 decades in prison for felony sexual activity in some of those scenarios, and also to 40 to 175 several years for comparable rates in another.

USA Gymnastics has settled a lawsuit in Georgia that set into motion events that culminated in reports of widespread sexual abuse within the sport and, eventually, the conviction of disgraced U.S. Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar for being a serial sexual predator, the Indianapolis Star reported .


Bela Karolyi added his thoughts during the short segment, telling Guthrie: "The whole thing is just like an explosion, a bomb exploding".

A congressional committee investigating sexual abuse in gymnastics said in February 8 letters to the Karolyis, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee that they were all "at the center of many of these failures" that allowed Nassar's sexual abuse to persist for more than two decades.

Guthrie sat down for an in-depth interview with the Karolyis for a special edition of Dateline titled "Silent No More" that runs Sunday evening.


Guthrie spent hours with the Karolyis at the ranch after the couple agreed to speak publicly for the first time since Martha Karolyis retirement following the 2016 Olympics.

The Georgia lawsuit revealed that USA Gymnastics had an internal policy of not forwarding allegations of child sex abuse to authorities unless they were submitted in writing and signed by a victim or a victim's parent. Several victims, including two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney, say they were abused at the Karolyis Ranch near Houston. "How I could see?" Many also pointed to the institutional giants Nassar worked for, including USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, as the reason many parents blindly trusted him.

"He was their little puppet, " said Jeanette Antolin, a former member of the US national team who trained with the Karolyis. The ranch served as the training home for USA Gymnastics during most of Martha Karolyi's tenure running the national team. So it was just, when you go there, you know that Martha is watching. Maroney said she was abused “hundreds” of times by Nassar. "Larry Nassar is a good guy'". In their first public statement about the scandal, they told NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior Nassar.


"That's bad, but I would say even if they have big names or they have no names, any child who was violated by Nassar, it's a crime and it's so sad", Martha said.

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