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Alyssa Baumann, world champion gymnast, comes forward as Larry Nassar survivor

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Alyssa Baumann said she is a Larry Nassar sexual-abuse survivor, joining many fellow former U.S. national team members in coming forward.

Baumann, a member of the U.S.’ gold-medal team at the 2014 World Championships, filed a lawsuit in August against Nassar, USA Gymnastics, the International Gymnastics Federation and World Sport Chicago as a “Jane Doe.”

It will now be amended to include her name.

Baumann released a statement on social media and through a public relations firm Thursday:

“I feel like I have reached a point where I can share my truth. Even though it makes me feel uncomfortable and vulnerable, I believe sharing my story will help me heal, and more importantly, help others who are still dealing with this trauma. I, too, was sexually abused by Larry Nassar. He betrayed my trust and took advantage of me for years.

“You may ask why I didn’t speak up earlier. I was in denial and I was scared. I even hesitated to share my story with my family because I didn’t want to upset them or be a burden. It took a long time to face what happened and it will take even longer to overcome, but by sharing my story I know I’m on the path to healing.

“My hope is that my story will encourage others to speak up about their own situation—so they too can begin to heal. May this also serve as reminder to those in authority to take the appropriate actions to completely change USAG’s culture and hold every Nassar enabler accountable so that future generations of gymnasts can feel safe and enjoy the sport again.

“Finally, yes, I am a survivor of sexual assault, but I refuse to let that define or limit me. I pray that people will still see me as Alyssa. A strong person who never gave up even after a severe injury. A loyal friend and an even better teammate. As someone that loves to laugh but loves to make others laugh more. A former U.S. National Team member who was proud to represent my country, a World Champion, and a Florida Gator through and through.

“To all the other survivors, I stand with you and your bravery inspires me. To those who have chosen to remain private, you are not alone, we will get through this together. #MeToo.”

Baumann, 20, is at least the fifth member of the 2014 World team to come forward as a Nassar survivor, joining Simone BilesKyla RossMadison Kocian and Ashton Locklear. She moved to college gymnastics this year, competing as a freshman at the University of Florida. Overall, hundreds have come forward as Nassar survivors.

Baumann said she was abused by Nassar at every national team camp that she attended from 2013 through 2015 and at meets including the 2014 U.S. Championships and 2014 World Championships.

Nassar is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Tahiti chosen for Olympic surfing competition at 2024 Paris Games

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Paris 2024 Olympic organizers want the surfing competition to be held in Tahiti, an island in French Polynesia that is about 9,800 miles from Paris.

It would break the record for the farthest Olympic medal competition to be held outside the host. In 1956, equestrian events were moved out of Melbourne due to quarantine laws and held five months earlier in Stockholm, some 9,700 miles away.

The Paris 2024 executive board approved the site Thursday — specifically, the village of Teahupo’o — and will propose it to the IOC. It beat out other applicants Biarritz, Lacanau, Les Landes and La Torche, all part of mainland France.

Surfing will debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games but is not on the permanent Olympic program. Surfing was among sports added to the Paris 2024 program in June and could be added for the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

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Adam Jones, five-time MLB All-Star, becomes Olympic eligible

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Should the U.S. qualify for baseball’s Olympic return, a five-time MLB All-Star could be eligible for its roster in Tokyo. And he has interest.

Outfielder Adam Jones signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s domestic league, which, unlike MLB, will take an Olympic break next summer to allow players to take part in the first Olympic baseball tournament in 12 years.

Jones, 34, made no mention of Olympic eligibility in a social media post announcing the signing. His Instagram avatar is a photo of him in a Team USA jersey from the World Baseball Classic.

Jones’ agent later said that Jones does have interest in playing for the U.S. in Tokyo, should an American team qualify in the spring.

“To play over in Japan has always been a desire of Adam’s, and the timing worked out that the Olympics happens to be played in Tokyo the first year of his contract,” Jones’ agent wrote in an email. “It wasn’t one of the factors on his decision BUT more of a [sic] addition to the overall package to decide to go.”

Jones called being part of the U.S.’ 2017 WBC title, “probably the best experience of my life so far, especially with sports,” according to The Associated Press. He was one of five players to be on the U.S. team at each of the last two World Baseball Classics.

The U.S. still faces a difficult task to qualify for the Tokyo Games. It lost to Mexico last month in its first of up to three chances at qualifying tournaments, using a roster of mostly double-A and triple-A caliber players.

Major Leaguers are not expected to be made available for qualifying or for the Tokyo Games.

The next two qualifying tournaments will be in late March (an Americas qualifier in Arizona) and early April (a final, global qualifying event in Chinese Taipei). It remains to be seen how MLB clubs will go about releasing minor leaguers for a tournament that will take place during spring training.

Jones could become the third player with prior MLB All-Star experience to compete at the Olympics from any nation, joining Australian catcher Dave Nilsson and Canadian pitcher Jason Dickson.

Jones made five All-Star teams during an 11-year stint with the Baltimore Orioles from 2008-18 before playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.

Many players competed at the Olympics before making an MLB All-Star team, including Stephen Strasburg and Jason Giambi.

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