Gold Medalist Faces Abuser In Courtroom
Dewitt native and gold medalist in the 2012 Olympics faced down her monster in an Ingham County Courtroom today. Jordan is the forth member of The Fierce Five, a name given to their gymnastics team, to stand up in front of abuser Larry Nassar to say that he sexually abused her. Jordan now joins teamates Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman to say that they were all sexually abused by Nassar.
Today is the forth day of the sentencing hearing for Nassar being held in the Court Room of Judge Aquilina. Jordan Wieber said "I thought that training for the Olympics would be the hardest thing I would ever do. But the hardest thing I've ever had to do is process that I am a victim of Larry Nassar".
Wieber said she had been seeing Nassar since age 8, but the type of treatment used by the former Dr. that later became the subject of criminal investigations began for her while being treated after a hamstring injury, Jordan said she was 14.
While speaking in the court room today, Jo9rdan held back tears as she went on to describe the discomfort that she and her teammates shared regarding their 'treatments.
Weiber said that nobody was protecting them from Nassar and that no one was was even concerned about whether or not they were being abused. The Olympian called out the failings of USA Gymnastics , the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University.
"To this day, I don't know how he could have been allowed to do this for so long."
Jordan said her story and the other stories of the Nassar survivors were very important, adding "even though I'm a victim, I do not and will not live my life as one....I AM AN OLYMPIAIN".
The Michigan Attorney General's office has asked for Nassar to be sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison.
photo Lansing State Journal