Gymnastics Champion Aly Raisman Won’t Compete In 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The Olympic gold medalist shared future plans in a moving Instagram post.
The six-time Olympic medalist announced Tuesday that she won’t compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
In an Instagram post, 25-year-old Raisman referenced the “ups and downs” of her career and confirmed that she will continue her advocacy work to make the sport safer for young athletes.
“As a little girl, I thought what mattered most was making it to the Olympics, but I’ve learned that my love for gymnastics is more important,” she wrote. “It is this love that fueled my Olympic dreams, and it is this love that now inspires me to do everything I can to make the sport safer for the many wonderful people in the sport and all the little 8-year-olds out there who will be watching the gymnasts in Tokyo, dreaming of one day making it to the Olympics themselves…”
Raisman was one of more than 150 women who accused disgraced ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. In 2018, Raisman filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics over their mismanaged response to Nassar’s decades-long abuse.
The 2020 Summer Olympics will take place from July 24 to August 9.