USA Gymnastics under fire for responses to athletes

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Margaret Nichols of United Staes reacts during day ten of The World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at The SSE Hydro on November 01, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

BOSTON — This week, gymnast Maggie Nichols said she was the first athlete to report team doctor Larry Nassar to USA Gymnastics in the summer of 2015 for inappropriate conduct.

That was more than a year before allegations against him were made public.

Nichols criticized the organization for not responding faster to her report and not doing more to ensure more patients wouldn't be victimized.

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Nassar has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 140 women including Nichols and gold medalists Aly Raisman, Mckayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas.

In response, USA Gymnastics issued a statement Tuesday saying that after its private investigator interviewed Nichols and Raisman, it did not have a "reasonable suspicion" they had been molested by Nassar.

Raisman was clearly furious at the response, tweeting:

Nassar is already serving 60 years after being sentenced for possession of child pornography.

Maroney says she is terrified that some of that material was created by the doctor, may include her, and could continue to be circulated in pedophile circles.

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