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Antolin Finds Comfort as 'Voice For the Voiceless'
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Former U.S. national team member Jeanette Antolin told IG that, through her recent 60 Minutes revelation of alleged sexual abuse by ex-U.S. team doctor Larry Nassar, she hopes to protect other potential victims.

Former U.S. national team member Jeanette Antolin told IG that, through her recent 60 Minutes revelation of alleged sexual abuse by ex-U.S. team doctor Larry Nassar, she hopes to protect other potential victims.


Antolin and her son, Mekhi, at a February 25 meet at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

"Honestly, when I think about the whole thing, it's really hard to think about myself," said the 35-year-old Antolin, speaking to International Gymnast magazine at a UCLA meet on Feb. 25. "I don't think I've ever felt about my own well-being. It's always been a greater goal. So when I decided to come forward, it wasn't really just about me. It was about all the thousands of little girls I could save this from happening to."

Antolin, 2000 Olympic team bronze medalist Jamie Dantzscher and former U.S. rhythmic all-around champion Jessica Howard were the subjects of a February 19 segment on the CBS show, in which they described alleged abuse by Nassar when they were gymnasts.

Antolin, Dantzscher and Howard are among dozens of women and girls who, in highly publicized recent reports over the past several months, claim that Nassar sexually abused or assaulted them.

A U.S. national team member from 1995-2000, Antolin was a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. team at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg and its sixth-place team at the 1999 World Championships in Tianjin, China. She also won medals at competitions in Brazil, Italy, Switzerland and China.

Following her international career, Antolin competed for UCLA and was a member of the university's NCAA title-winning teams in 2001, 2003 and 2004. She was named Sports Illustrated On Campus National Gymnast of the Year in 2004.

Antolin said advocating for others has given her a new sense of value and purpose.

"That has really helped me be proud of something, because looking back at my career I don't feel I was proud of much," she told IG. "So stepping forward and being a voice for the voiceless has really helped me."

Read more from Antolin in the April 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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Viktoria said:

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wonderful
Good on you, Jeanette! The only defense young girls/women have against predators is the TRUTH! How many young girls/women have been molested in the past because, back then, you didn't tell because you felt dirty, defiled, and "guilty." (About what?) And the predators knew you wouldn't tell and they would get away with it, time and time again. Thank god things have changed!
 
March 07, 2017
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Viktoria said:

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you go, girl!
Thank you for your courage and openness. It will encourage others to speak out.
 
March 13, 2017
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