UCLA Gymnastic’s current floor coach, Jordyn Wieber, recently spoke with former Bruin Samantha Peszek on her “I Have Cool Friends” podcast.
In the interview, Wieber talks about how she’s constantly striving to make gymnastics a safe sport. She also discusses what it was like to be Peszek’s roommate for a year.
Listen to an audio clip of the podcast episode below and check out the full hour-long interview on the “I Have Cool Friends” website.
Jordyn Wieber, as well as Mattie Larson, Jeanette Antolin, and Jamie Dantzscher, shared their stories of coming forward about the sexual abuse they suffered from Larry Nassar with ESPN. They, among all the other women who came forward, will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s. Check out an excerpt of Wieber’s story from the article below, and read the rest of the article on ESPN’s website.
“It’s cool to have this new team, this army of survivors. We come from different backgrounds. We’re not just gymnasts; there are softball players, swimmers and volleyball players too. We’re all doing amazing things with our lives now. Even though it’s because of something negative, we’re coming together and using our voices to make something positive happen and to change the trajectory of sexual abuse in sports.
“I just hope that someday I can confidently look at a mom and say, ‘Yes, you should put your daughter in gymnastics.’ Right now, I don’t feel that way. Gymnastics is still one of my greatest passions. I love this sport so much, enough to continue coaching it. I think, both as a survivor and an Olympian, I’ve realized how important my voice is. Using my voice empowers other people to use their voice as well — people who don’t think they have a voice.
“It’s not fun to talk about this very private thing about my life and to relive the experience. But I know that talking about it is helping other people and creating change. If it’s allowing young girls to be safer in our sport, then that makes it all worth it.”