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Athletes warily embrace progress as USA Gymnastics evolves

The dread was familiar. The fear too. They gripped MyKayla Skinner shortly after she decided to return to elite gymnastics last summer. Skinner wasn’t worried about recapturing the skills that made her an alternate on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. She kept an eye on USA Gymnastics as it stepped on one land mine after another in the aftermath as the lawsuits piled up and its role as the sport’s national governing body became tenuous at best.

USA Gymnastics hires NBA exec Li Li Leung as new CEO

USA Gymnastics is turning to NBA executive Li Li Leung to help turn the embattled program around. The organization named Leung as its new president and chief executive officer as it fights to retain its status as the national governing body for the sport after the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. Leung served as vice president of global partnerships for the NBA. She arrives as USA Gymnastics attempts to fend off decertification from the United States Olympic Committee.

Gymnastics scandal leads list of AP’s top 10 sports stories

Sports doctor Larry Nassar receives multidecade prison sentence after dozens of female athletes detail abuse; shake-ups at Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and US Olympic Committee follow outrage over slow responses to allegations.

USA Gymnastics files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

USA Gymnastics is turning to bankruptcy in an effort to ensure its survival. The embattled organization has filed a bankruptcy petition in Indianapolis as it tries to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces and to forestall its potential demise at the hands of the U.S. Olympic Committee. USA Gymnastics faces 100 lawsuits representing 350 athletes in courts across the country who blame the group for failing to supervise Larry Nassar, a team doctor accused of molesting them.

USOC moves to shut down USA Gymnastics after Larry Nassar scandal

The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving to revoke USA Gymnastics’ status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, meting out the nuclear option to an organization that has botched its own reorganization in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.

American Simone Biles becomes first woman with four world all-around titles

Simone Biles is still the best even when she’s not at her best. The 21-year-old star has won her fourth world all-around championship in Qatar. She survived a series of uncharacteristic mistakes to become the first woman to earn four all-around titles. Mai Murakami of Japan won the silver medal and American Morgan Hurd earned the bronze.

Another gymnastics official faces charge in Nassar fallout

The Texas indictment of former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny for allegedly tampering with evidence is the latest fallout from the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Penny was arrested Wednesday in Tennessee and is awaiting extradition. Numerous other people have been criminally charged, fired or forced out of their jobs during the investigations into the once-renowned gymnastics doctor.

Ex-USA Gymnastics head indicted in Texas on tampering charge

Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny has been arrested after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the Walker County district attorney’s office in Huntsville, Texas, said Penny was arrested by a fugitive task force Wednesday in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and awaits extradition to Texas.

Mary Bono resigns as USA Gymnastics president after 4 days

When former California Congresswoman Mary Bono took over as the interim president for USA Gymnastics last week, she pointed to the opportunity to “reconnect” with a sport she loved growing up. The connection lasted all of four days. Bono stepped down on Tuesday.

Biles bothered by new USA Gymnastics CEO’s anti-Nike tweet

Olympic champion Simone Biles is upset about an anti-Nike tweet from USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono. Bono was appointed Friday to hold the position while USA Gymnastics searches for a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee in September after spending nine months on the job.

Kerry Perry quits as president of scandal-hit USA Gymnastics

USA Gymnastics turned to an outsider when it tasked Kerry Perry to steer the embattled organization through the fallout of the Larry Nassar scandal. Yet too often during her nine months on the job – a brief tenure that ended Tuesday when Perry resigned amid pressure from the United States Olympic Committee – it was Perry’s voice that was missing.

Kerry Perry quits as president of scandal-hit USA Gymnastics

Kerry Perry has resigned as president of USA Gymnastics. The announcement comes days after the United States Olympic Committee questioned the direction of the organization under Perry’s leadership. Perry has struggled to outline a clear path forward for the organization during her nine months on the job. She repeatedly came under scrutiny by athletes who felt she was mishandling the fallout from the abuse scandal surrounding disgraced former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Sex scandals fester at unhealthy organizations, experts say

When sex-abuse cases dominate headlines, a familiar pattern often emerges. If it took place at a large organization – be it a church, a large state university or a group such as USA Gymnastics – misconduct is often covered up in hopes of saving the institution’s reputation, and the money that accompanies it.

Progress slow for USA Gymnastics in wake of Larry Nassar scandal

Reigning Olympic champion Simone Biles says it’s time for new USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry to speak up. Perry has remained largely in the shadows since taking over last December. The organization is trying to create a path forward in the wake of the scandal surrounding a former national team doctor who abused athletes under the guise of treatment. Nearly 2 years after Nassar victims started coming forward, athletes, coaches and gym owners say they’re frustrated by the lack of vision.

Gymnastics exec says she was told to keep quiet about Nassar

The former president of USA Gymnastics refused to answer questions Tuesday from a Senate subcommittee about how he handled allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, and another former executive sat next to him and asserted that her former boss instructed her and others to keep quiet about athletes’ claims.

Gymnast sues Karolyis, other groups over team doctor’s abuse

A former member of the U.S. national team is the latest gymnast to file suit over former sports doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. Sabrina Vega was on the team that won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championships. She filed a lawsuit in Texas on Tuesday against Nassar, USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Bela and Martha Karolyi, who ran a ranch north of Houston that was the training ground for U.S. women’s gymnastics.

USA Gymnastics settles sex abuse lawsuit

USA Gymnastics has reached a confidential settlement in a Georgia lawsuit that spurred a newspaper investigation into the organization’s practices for reporting child abuse.