Men’s gymnastics facing predicament ahead of upcoming Tokyo Olympics
Ahead of this year’s Tokyo Olympics, men’s gymnastics faces a bit of a predicament. With at least two NCAA Division I programs getting shuttered this year, the sport could face a shortage of talent ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and future games. Following the University of Minnesota Board of Regents’ decision to cut men’s gymnastics last fall, there is a smaller pool from which to construct the Olympic team. Roughly three-quarters of USA Gymnastics men’s Olympic team has competed at the collegiate level. There has already been a decline in the number of male gymnasts participating in USA Gymnastics.mlive.com
Why was John Geddert allowed to turn himself in?
The Michigan Sexual Assault Hotline offers anonymous assistance and support without judgement. John Geddert, the former U.S. Olympics coach and former owner of Twistars Gymnastics, killed himself Thursday just hours after he was charged with 24 felonies. READ: Hours after being charged with 24 felonies, former gymnastics coach John Geddert kills himselfGeddert would have faced multiple counts of human trafficking, some involving minors. AdNessel announced the 24 felony charges against the former gymnastics coach at a press conference Thursday afternoon. We later found out he did not turn himself in.”AdThe statement went on to say that having Geddert turn himself in was standard procedure and “We had no indication that Geddert intended to flee or hurt himself or others.
Court documents outline allegations against John Geddert, charges he faced before he killed himself
John Geddert, the former U.S. Olympics coach and former owner of Twistars Gymnastics, killed himself Thursday just hours after he was charged with multiple felonies. AdREAD: Officials say former gymnastics coach John Geddert was expected to be arraigned same day he kills himselfWho was John Geddert? Court documents outline numerous allegations of verbal, physical, emotional abuse that young women and girls endured because of Geddert. Officials said one survivor reported that between 2010 and 2013, Geddert verbally abused her and controlled what she ate. According to the documents, a survivor told investigators that she was sexually abused by Geddert in the locker room after practice when she was 14 years old.
Gymnasts, parents react to death of former coach John Geddert
DIMONDALE, Mich. – After news that former gymnastics coach John Geddert killed himself Thursday, gymnasts and parents are speaking out. Hours before his death, 24 felony charges were filed against Geddert, including 20 counts of human trafficking, six of them involving a minor. READ: Hours after being charged with 24 felonies, former gymnastics coach John Geddert kills himselfAdMeinke was coached by Geddert at a young age at Great Lakes Gymnastics. READ: Officials say former gymnastics coach John Geddert was expected to be arraigned same day he kills himselfAdHowever, the latest scandal reminded Wieber that they were surrounded by criminals at all levels. “I just would have thought John would have thought fought for his innocence and so it made me think ‘Okay, maybe he wasn’t innocent.’ Who knows but...
Officials say former gymnastics coach John Geddert was expected to be arraigned same day he kills himself
WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich – A rest area along I-96 in Grand Ledge was shut down for hours, and Michigan State Police and its evidence technicians were called out after the body of John Geddert was found behind a dumpster. Twenty-four charges were filed against the former Olympics coach, who was expected to present himself for an arraignment Thursday afternoon. READ: Hours after being charged with 24 felonies, former gymnastics coach John Geddert kills himselfGeddert was the Team USA women’s gymnastics coach in the 2012 Olympics. Geddert and Nassar were friends, and the charges against Geddert unveiled on Thursday by Attorney General Dana Nessel are serious -- 24 counts total. “It is alleged John Geddert used force, fraud and coercion against the young athletes who came to him for gymnastics training for financial benefit to him,” Nessel said.
Olympics gymnastics coach kills himself after being charged
FILE - In this March 3, 2012, file photo, gymnastics coach John Geddert is seen at the American Cup gymnastics meet at Madison Square Garden in New York. Prosecutors in Michigan filed charges Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, against Geddert, a former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar. "This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. Nessel earlier announced that Geddert was charged with a bushel of crimes, including sexual assault, human trafficking and running a criminal enterprise. On his LinkedIn page, Geddert described himself as the “most decorated women’s gymnastics coach in Michigan gymnastics history.” He said his Twistars teams won 130 club championships.
Read back: Larry Nassar sentenced 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing young gymnasts
LANSING, Mich. – Former sports physician Larry Nassar was sentenced 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing young athletes. An emotional Nassar addressed the court before his sentencing. AdIn November, Nassar pleaded pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting young athletes including some girls under the age of 13. Nassar gets 60 years in prison for child pornographyMeanwhile, investigators found more than 37,000 images of child porn on Nassar's electronic devices. The prosecutor concluded in findings to the university that "Nassar fooled everyone around him -- patients, friends, colleagues and fellow doctors at MSU."
‘Let us compete’: U-M student athletes call to lift COVID shutdown
ANN ARBOR – A coalition of student athletes at the University of Michigan are calling for the 14 day shutdown of athletics to be lifted. Now, student athletes are speaking out and have launched a petition to MDHHS to resume practices and competitions. We trust the guidance and leadership of those in charge of the health and safety of Michigan student-athletes. Given the University’s knowledge of the situation surrounding the athletic department, should a total shutdown have been necessary, it should have come from the University of Michigan leaders. The student-athletes at the University of Michigan stand united in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping every member of our community safe.
Court: Larry Nassar won’t be resentenced despite judge’s remarks
DETROIT – The Michigan judge who sentenced sports doctor Larry Nassar to 40 years in prison made “wholly inappropriate” remarks about him, but they weren't enough to violate his rights and upset the punishment for sexual assault, the state appeals court said Tuesday. In a 2-1 decision, the court noted that Judge Rosemarie Aquilina still stuck to the sentencing agreement made by prosecutors and Nassar's attorneys. Judge Douglas Shapiro disagreed with the majority and said Nassar deserved to return to court in front of a different judge. Despite Aquilina's “inflammatory hyperbole,” the court noted that Nassar pleaded guilty and agreed to a minimum sentence ranging from 25 years to 40 years. Nassar could ask the Michigan Supreme Court to look at the sentencing.
Ann Arbor Public Schools postpones start of winter sports season
ANN ARBOR – Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools, Jeanice Kerr Swift, announced on Thursday that the winter sports season will be delayed until January due to concerns over COVID-19. “Participation in indoor practices and competitions during a public health pandemic comes with a risk to the health and safety of those involved.”The announcement comes two weeks after Swift urged the Michigan High School Athletic Association in a public letter to postpone the winter sports season. Since Swift’s original letter on Oct. 30, new county and statewide cases have skyrocketed, breaking numerous one-day infection records. “Don’t wait for a call from the Health Department,” Jimena Loveluck, health officer for Washtenaw County Health Department, said in a statement. Schools across Metro Detroit have begun to shift from in-person to remote learning due to the surge in new COVID-19 cases.
Your kids can learn tumbling skills from a national champion
Instead of getting stir-crazy and jumping around the house, they can release that energy by learning proper tumbling techniques with a Junior Olympic National Champion at her gymnastic center in Redford. Kendyl Stewart from Kenetic Athletics Gymnastics Center created her center to encourage a diverse and inclusive environment for all future gymnasts. Because of the pandemic, some families may be struggling to afford extracurricular activities but Kenetic Athletics offers their “Sponsor A Gymnast” program for tuition assistance. Kenetic Athletics is located at 25450 5 Mile Rd., Redford MI. Visit the Kenetic Athletics website to donate or sign up your future gymnast for class.
EX-MSU gymnastics coach sentenced to 90 days in jail for lying to police about Larry Nassar case
INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. Former Michigan State University Gymnastics Coach Kathie Klages was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Tuesday for lying to police in the Larry Nassar case. Kathie Klages, 65, was found guilty in February of a felony and a misdemeanor for denying she knew of Nassars abuse prior to 2016 when survivors started to come forward publicly. She continued to claim she didnt know anything regarding Nassars abuse of girls and young women. But two of those gymnast, who were just teens at the time, said they came to Klages pleading for help. Attorney General Dana Nessel said Klages knew about the abuse and did nothing.
Forced outside by COVID-19, young Michigan gymnasts fight to maintain skills
PLYMOUTH, Mich. The social distancing rules in Michigan have forced many athletes to practice outdoors -- but there are some environments you just cant recreate. Its been a real struggle for Michigans young gymnasts whose training has taken a big hit. RELATED: Whats open, whats closed -- Making sense of the latest Executive OrdersThe athletes of Euro Stars Gymnastics have been practicing in the parking lot. Using masks, hand sanitizer, personal mats and equipment, the Euro Stars in Plymouth are making it work. The problem with the parking lot is that the athletes cant really train.
Heres how 25 sports have been divided into high, moderate, low COVID-19 risk categories
DETROIT Will it be safe for children, high schoolers or anybody to play sports amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Experts have divided 25 popular sports into three categories: high, moderate and low risk. The National Federation of State High School Associations released their list, which is based on the amount of close, sustained contact, along with other factors. Oklahoma recently rejected a plan that would have required social distancing and allowed all high school sports to resume without restrictions. One idea being considered by many states would change the calendar to shift lower risk sports to fall and move higher risk ones to the spring.