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Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber comes forward as Nassar survivor

January 19, 2018
Jordyn Wieber of the United States, walked back to her seat after congratulating teammate Alexandra Raisman on her gold medal in the women's floor exercises apparatus finals at North Greenwich Arena during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Wieber finished seventh in the competition. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT)
Jordyn Wieber of the United States, walked back to her seat after congratulating teammate Alexandra Raisman on her gold medal in the women's floor exercises apparatus finals at North Greenwich Arena during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Wieber finished seventh in the competition. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT) —

Former American Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber came out publicly as a survivor of sexual abuse by ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar at his Ingham County Circuit Court sentencing.

Wieber, a DeWitt native, criticized “the lack of accountability” from USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee, and MSU in her victim impact statement Friday morning.


In October of 2017, Wieber made a statement in support of fellow Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney.

“Although I personally have not suffered any physical assault or sexual abuse while competing as a gymnast, my heart goes out to McKayla and the victims like her who have endured this abuse of power,” she said.

Now, Wieber has come forward as a survivor.

“The hardest thing I’ve had to do is process that I am a victim of Larry Nassar,” she said in her statement.


Wieber, the first survivor to speak in court on Friday, asked the media to listen to everyone’s stories, not just those of well-known athletes.

“Despite my athletic achievements, I am one of over 140 women and survivors whose story is important,” Wieber said. “Our pain is all the same. And our stories are all important.”

For up-to-date coverage on every victim impact statement, follow The State News on Twitter @thesnews, and watch for updates throughout the day at statenews.com.

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