Simone Biles teared up while discussing about the U.S. Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar, who was recently sentenced for sexually assaulting multiple girls.
Recall that Biles took to her social media on January 15, to share her story of how she was also assaulted by the doctor. “I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” she tweeted, and days later, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse.
Shortly after the sentencing, Biles wrote again on her Twitter, thanking the judge who handed the disgraced doctor the sentence. “To Judge Aquilina : THANK YOU, YOU ARE MY HERO. & Shout out to all of the survivors for being so brave & speaking like the queens that you are while looking at that monster. He will no longer have the power to steal our happiness or joy. I stand with every one of you,” she said.
She added later, “My heart is so full,” noting that she often cries all the time.
Speaking with Today‘s Hoda Kotb, the gymnast said, “I think it’s very hard for someone to go through what I’ve gone through recently and it’s very hard to talk about. But other than that I think the judge is my hero, just because she gave it to him straight and didn’t let him get any power of any of the girls and letting the girls go and speak was very powerful.”
Thank You Today Show ? all my love! @hodakotb got me all choked up & teary eyed! I LOVE YOU!
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 31, 2018
“I think for elite athletes like some of us that have gone thought this hard time, I think we’re very good at compartmentalizing things. So I think we just tried to push it in the back of our heads that it didn’t happen to us. But once you realized you know it happened to you it’s very saddening,” she said.