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USAG Suspends Coach Geddert After Abuse Allegations
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USA Gymnastics has suspended the professional membership of 2012 Olympic head coach John Geddert after multiple allegations of abuse emerged in the past week in association with the sentencing hearing of disgraced former doctor Larry Nassar.

USA Gymnastics has suspended the professional membership of 2012 Olympic head coach John Geddert after multiple allegations of abuse emerged in the past week in association with the sentencing hearing of disgraced former doctor Larry Nassar.

"John Geddert has been suspended under the interim measures provisions of Section 10.5 of USA Gymnastics' Bylaws," USA Gymnastics said in a statement Monday. "USA Gymnastics is unable to comment further as this is a pending matter."

Although the decision to suspend Geddert had already been leaked by Friday, USA Gymnastics did not respond to IG's request for comment or make a public statement until Monday. It is unknown when the decision was made.


John Geddert and Jordyn Wieber at the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo

USA Gymnastics had received reports of Geddert over the years but apparently declined to take action, although it is unknown if there was already an investigation in place since the Nassar scandal hit. Geddert and his gym, Geddert's Twistars USA, is being sued amid allegations he ignored complaints about Nassar sexually assaulting gymnasts for nearly 20 years. Geddert, whose association with Nassar dates to 1986 and his previous club Great Lakes Gymnastics, has denied knowledge of Nassar's abuse.

In the last week, national and Michigan media have reported on abusive treatment allegedly perpetrated by Geddert against his gymnasts, including assaults reported to the police. In some instances, Nassar intervened to protect Geddert and convince the family not to make reports. In public statements in Nassar's sentencing hearing, many of the survivors of Nassar's sexual abuse who attended Twistars say they trusted Nassar implicitly because of his seemingly warm and protective stance toward them in contrast to the physical and mental cruelty they allege that Geddert forced them to endure in the gym.

Most notably, ESPN's Outside the Lines included Geddert, the 2012 U.S. Elite National Coach of the Year, on its list of "enablers" of Nassar in the worst case of sexual abuse in sports history.

On Monday, former national team member Kamerin Moore spoke in court and described how Nassar used her hatred of her coaches and the pain she suffered after her father's suicide to groom her to trust him. only to abuse her instead. She also revealed that Nassar also sexually assaulted her brother under, also under the guise of treatment for his shoulder injury, that can only be described as sadomasochistic.

This past weekend, Geddert accompanied his team to the 2018 Sand Dollar/Whitlow Invitational in Orlando, Florida, and posted on Facebook about how proud he was of Twistars' performance and focus. However, according to people who also attended the event, Geddert was not on the floor with his team but watched the competition from the stands.

A native of Alpena, Michigan, Geddert competed on the gymnastics team for Central Michigan University, graduating with a degree in physical education. He moved to Rockville, Maryland, in 1980 to begin coaching under Gary Anderson at the MarVaTeens club. He returned to Michigan to coach at the Great Lakes Gymnastics Club in Lansing, where he became close friends with Nassar. His first elite gymnast, Katie Teft, qualified to the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials. That year Geddert and his wife, Kathryn Geddert, left to form their own club, Gedderts' Twistars USA Gymnastics Club, in Dimondale, and then opened a second location in DeWitt. Geddert consistently praised and promoted Nassar's association with his club, both on his blog and in the coaching materials he sold through his own website, thegymnasticscoach.com.

Geddert's most prominent gymnast was 2011 world champion Jordyn Wieber, who was a member of the "Fierce Five" gold medal-winning team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. On Friday, Wieber made a surprise appearance at the Michigan courtroom to share her story of abuse for the first time, and spoke of the mental anguish she has suffered as she realized that the doctor she entrusted to treat her major injuries — a torn hamstring in 2010 and stress fracture in her leg in 2012 — was likely not treating those injuries as she claimed. Wieber, who began gymnastics at Twistars in 1999, moved to California after the Olympics and recently graduated from UCLA, where she was the volunteer coach for the UCLA Bruins. She officially retired from gymnastics in 2015.

If Geddert is placed on USAG's list of permanently ineligible members, he will be the fourth U.S. Olympic coach on the list, along with women's coaches Vannie Edwards and Don Peters, and men's coach Jon Valdez. Peters was also head coach of the U.S. Olympic women's team in 1984.

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Anonymous Postit said:

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Get rid of all of them
Good. Now get rid of AOGC coaches arther and Galina (talk to McKayla Maroney and Mattie Larson and other gymnasts that have come out of their program with terrible stories of abuse) along with all of the other mentally and emotionally abusive coaches and redevelop, train coaches and staff and fix this terrible situation. Drain THIS swamp. Close these people down before we end up with another generation of damaged gymnasts. Isn’t this enough????
 
January 22, 2018
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Kay said:

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Womens Gymnastics Decades Abuse Scandal re abusive Coach John Geddert
WHY IS HIS WEBSITE STILL UP??
MAKE HIM TAKE IT DOWN PLEASE !
ANOTHER TESTAMENT TO HOW BOARDS OF DIRECTORS DO NOT DO EVEN THEIR MOST BASIC JOB DUTIES, VERIFYING THE SAFETY OF THEIR RECIPIENTS, IN THIS CASE TEENAGE GIRLS -- ALL SHOULD BE DISGRACED AND BARRED FROM THE SPORT !
 
January 26, 2018 | url
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