Simone Biles emotionally reflected on coming forward as one of the survivors of Larry Nassar‘s sexual abuse in a TODAY Show interview Wednesday.
“I think it’s very hard for someone to go through what I’ve gone through recently, and it’s very hard to talk about,” Biles said. “The judge is my hero because she gave it to him straight and didn’t let him get any power over any of the girls. Letting the girls go and speak is very powerful.
“I wish she would have just given him, like, a crazy number, like 3,000 years or something. But other than that, she was a boss.”
Biles is back in training for a Tokyo 2020 Olympic run, where she said a specific hope is to “redeem” herself on the balance beam. She had an uncharacteristic mistake on beam in Rio and took a bronze medal to go along with four golds.
Biles said she will take classes via the non-profit University of the People, along with her mom. The school created a scholarship in her name, too.
Biles also said new USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry flew to Biles to introduce herself, and she hopes the U.S. Olympic Committee will soon reach out to her regarding what happened to her and other gymnasts.
Biles’ Lifetime biopic, “Courage to Soar,” debuts on Saturday. Watch the trailer here.
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For nearly three straight weeks, curling dominated the Olympic airwaves, and while the U.S., Sweden and Canada all came away with gold medals, there were still plenty of highlights away from the ice.
In the mixed doubles tournament, fans were introduced to Team USA’s #HamFam, Matt and Becca Hamilton, who became instant sensations. Matt was even confused for some other celebrities, as people tried to nail down exactly who he looked like.
NBC Olympics staff selected three special performers from the enitre men’s tournament at the Olympics.
Eeli Tolvanen, Finland: The 18-year-old winger was the undisputed breakout star of the men’s tournament. Even though Finland was eliminated in the quarterfinals, Tolvanen’s tally of nine points still ranked second overall as he averaged nearly two points per game. He scored in his Olympic debut and also tallied two assists against eventual silver medalist Germany. He followed that up with two scores against Norway. Tolvanen paced his team past an energized South Korean team in the qualification playoffs, assisting in Finland’s opening three goals. After a sizzling Olympic performance, Tolvanen could be on his way to the NHL to help the Nashville Predators chase the Stanley Cup once again.
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Nikita Gusev, Olympic Athletes from Russia: The Vegas Golden Knights prospect tallied four goals and eight assists in just six games throughout the 2018 Winter Games. He also struck twice when it mattered most, helping OAR force OT in the gold-medal game. Trailing 3-2 in the final frame and playing shorthanded, Gusev was able to sneak a backhanded shot into the back of the net to knot the score with less than a minute remaining. Then, in the extra session, it was Gusev who made a beautiful cross-ice pass to set up the golden goal by Kirill Kaprizov.
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Ryan Donato, United States: The 21-year-old Boston Bruins prospect was bright spot for Team USA despite the disappointing finish. The sniper lifted his team to a crucial preliminary-round victory over Slovakia, grabbing both goals in a 2-1 victory. He came back to haunt Slovakia again with two more scores in the qualification playoffs, and though the United States’ tournament came to an end in the quarterfinals against the Czech Republic, Donato notched one last goal in the 3-2 loss to finish with a team-leading five goals and six points. Donato, along with fellow collegiate athletes Troy Terry and Jordan Greenway, surprised many with their contributions on the ice. If management had known of their game-changing impact in advance, the American roster might have included more NCAA players.