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Twisted

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Publisher's Summary

America’s top gymnasts have been show stoppers at the Summer Olympics for decades - the women’s artistic team won nine medals in 2016 alone. But beneath the athleticism, smiles, sponsorship deals, and haul of gold medals was a dark secret: a story of sexual abuse and trauma that, when revealed, became one of the biggest scandals in the history of American sports. 

In early 2018, Larry Nassar, the former doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, was sentenced to serve out the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to a variety of sex crimes. In a show of unparalleled force, more than 150 young women - from gold medalists to former Michigan State University athletes to old family friends - confronted the once beloved Nassar in court, sharing their pain and resolve. Many of them took legal, financial, and career risks to speak out. 

But these women’s stories also reveal a stranger, more far-reaching truth: that the institutions responsible for protecting them - from the United States Olympic Committee to local police departments - had known in some form about the abuse for years, and had not put an end to it. Twisted tells the harrowing story of these crimes and how Larry Nassar got away with them for as long as he did. 

New York Times best-selling author Mary Pilon and Carla Correa chronicle the scandal from its inception, tracking the institutions that Nassar hid behind, the athletic culture that he benefited from, and the women who eventually brought him to justice. In this Audible Original, you’ll hear directly from these people - including the voices of coaches, parents, industry leaders, and the survivors themselves - as they grapple with the truth about Nassar and describe what it took to bring him down.

©2019 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Editorial Review

The story that you think you’ve heard, but haven’t—and must

By now, you’ve likely heard the shockingly horrific story of the USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who has been convicted of sexually abusing girls under the guise of physical therapy – to date, about 500 survivors have come forward. But what you likely haven’t heard are the raw, unencumbered voices of the gymnasts who eventually brought the truth to light and took him down. Among the chilling stories you hear from the now-adult survivors: how, as children, Nassar groomed them for his unique, sought-after "therapy" and the way the community rationalized his beyond-invasive "treatment." Journalists Mary Pilon and Carla Correa meticulously reported and interviewed those affected to bring to life the stories and narrative that was so long hidden behind the groupthink propagated by the world of elite gymnastics. In no way is this easy listening, but it is chilling, riveting, and deeply necessary for anyone looking to prevent atrocities like this from happening again. —Courtney R., Audible Editor

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