Simone Biles, the other athletes and the last bastion of canceled humanity

Simone Biles

They were all there, but they preferred to close their eyes and not look, helping to maintain a rotten and corrupt system that allowed Dr. Larry Nassar to continue while the souls of the athletes were destroyed.

We should all learn something from failure, always. To make everyone’s life and that of the new generations better. Yet this pressing and embarrassing return to the mistakes made, committed and omitted, only forces us to dye the pages of our history black, those that erase the last bastion of humanity that by nature should belong to us.

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“They turned away when we denounced Nassar. It must never happen again.” Simone Biles is only 24 years old, but she is already forced to carry in her heart the heaviest and most painful burden of all, that of violence and sexual abuse. And the American gymnast, winner of seven medals at the Olympics and twenty-five at the World Championships, is not the only protagonist of a system that has failed, that has allowed and perpetuated those horrors. Along with her, also gymnasts Mckayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman.

Now everyone is talking about the former doctor of the American gymnastics team. They accuse him, blame him and judge him. But where were all the others when the man was left undisturbed to perpetuate his horrors? Where were the people who could and should have broken that vicious circle?

They were exactly there. But they preferred to close their eyes and not look, helping to keep in place a rotten and corrupt system that allowed Dr. Larry Nassar to continue while the souls of the athletes were torn apart.

And it fell to them, to those young women who grew up in a wrong world, the thankless task of opening the eyes of a slumbering society. She was the one who had to protect those women, who had to give him the opportunity to grow, to win and to conquer the world.

They did so by denouncing, exposing an entire system of corruption developed by the US Gymnastics Federation and the US Olympic Committee. Their horror testimonials also became a melancholy and thoughtful documentary aired by Netflix: Athlete A. For the whole world to know.

And now we all know. We are aware that behind US Gymnastics, there was a whole corrupt system that has tainted the sport. We know that the bruises on the body and soul of those girls will remain forever, as an indelible symbol of a society that is unwilling to evolve. We know that even a world that should be a school of life, like that of sport, can be contaminated by the darkness that belongs to those monsters who call themselves men.

We also know that the time has come to change, to save that humanity that belongs to us. To relegate these horror stories to fiction only and not to everyday life.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichol

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