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Twisted

By: Mary Pilon, Carla Correa
Narrated by: Mary Pilon, Carla Correa
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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.

As we mention in Twisted, here are some resources for yourself or a loved one who may need information or confidential support.

  • Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453
  • Darkness to Light: 1-866-FOR-LIGHT or text "LIGHT" to 741741. The organization works to empower adults to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse. The website includes a guide to grooming and red flags behavior.
  • RAINN and the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline: 1-800-656-4673. Its website also has a chat feature.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Army of Survivors: The organization led by the survivor Grace French includes a guide to the basics of trauma.
©2019 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Our favorite moments from Twisted

Chelsey finds her passion
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Larry Nassar’s reputation
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"There’s lives at stake here."
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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.

As we mention in Twisted, here are some resources for yourself or a loved one who may need information or confidential support.

  • Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453
  • Darkness to Light: 1-866-FOR-LIGHT or text "LIGHT" to 741741. The organization works to empower adults to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse. The website includes a guide to grooming and red flags behavior.
  • RAINN and the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline: 1-800-656-4673. Its website also has a chat feature.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Army of Survivors: The organization led by the survivor Grace French includes a guide to the basics of trauma.
©2019 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.
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About the Creator and Performer

Mary Pilon is the author of the The Kevin Show and The Monopolists, a best-selling book that chronicles the secret history of the famous board game. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Esquire, Fast Company, MSNBC, Vice, Politico, and Bloomberg Businessweek, Pilon has worked as a staff reporter at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and as an Emmy-nominated producer for NBC Sports at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She made the first-ever Forbes 30 Under 30 list for media. A native Oregonian and fledgling marathoner, she lives in New York City.

About the Creator and Performer

Carla Correa is an editor on the Metro Desk of The New York Times. She previously worked at ESPN, The Washington Post, and The Baltimore Sun. Carla received her bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Delaware and a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is originally from Connecticut and now lives in New York City. Carla reported on the Larry Nassar case, leading her to partner with Mary Pilon to bring this complex story to life in audio.