Earlier this month during Larry Nassar’s trial, some of the biggest names in contemporary U.S. women’s gymnastics testified against the doctor, chronicling years of abuse against countless girls.
Now, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is talking about her personal experiences. “I think it’s very hard for someone to go through what I’ve gone through recently,” Biles told Today Show host Hoda Kotb. “And it’s very hard to talk about.”
Biles, along with Aly Raisman and nearly one hundred other girls, spent four entire days of the trial giving individual accounts of their abuse at the hands of Nassar. “I think 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,” Biles said. “And letting the girls speak was very powerful.”
When asked about how she dealt with the personal trauma Nassar’s abuse caused, Biles said that she and her teammates were good at compartmentalizing things and focusing on competing for their country.
One of the few regrets Biles has about the trial process? That Nassar’s prison sentence wasn’t for a longer period of time. Though he will be serving more than a century of jail time for his abuse and from a separate sentence on child pornography charges, Biles would have liked to hear a higher number. “I wish she would have given him a crazy number, like 3,000 years or something,” she said. “But other than that she was a boss and absolutely amazing.” Watch the interview, below.