UCLA assistant coach Jordyn Wieber attended espnW’s Women + Sports Summit and talked about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar and how coming forward has changed her life.
Wieber also spoke exclusively with ESPN about her hopes for the Bruins this year.
Check out a snippet of her interview with ESPN below and read the full article on ESPN.com.
espnW: How have the past nine months been for you since you came forward?
Wieber: It’s been a crazy nine months, definitely not how I expected it to go. It’s been very emotional, with so many ups and downs. What happened in January was a very hard time, but it fueled a new passion in me, and now I’m so determined to make gymnastics a safer sport and to ensure changes are made to make sure someone can’t come on and take advantage like Larry Nassar did. The past nine months have been busy but definitely rewarding. Talking about it constantly is not easy, but if it’s helping people, then I am willing to do it.
The New York Times published an article about how athletes are staying in shape over the summer. They interviewed UCLA Gymnastics’ very own Gracie Kramer about how and why she decided to stay in shape over the summer before preseason starts. Read what she had to say below and check out the full article at NYTimes.com.
“We’re expected to come back Sept. 17, the day we report, in our best shape,” said Gracie Kramer, a junior on U.C.L.A.’s gymnastics team.
Kramer was on campus last week taking an intensive six-week course in Croatian, strategically getting her language requirement out of the way over the summer rather than spreading it out over three quarters during the school year.
“If you know what to expect for preseason, you know you have to kick your butt in the off-season,” Kramer said. “If you don’t, you’re out of luck: You have to accept the consequences of not making lineups, not being able to compete as much as you want.”
So each day Kramer, whose events include the vault and the floor exercise, arrives at the gym before 8 a.m. and does what she termed, pun unintended, a “flexible” workout for a few hours. She prefers the “nice open gym” at U.C.L.A. as opposed to the gym she would use near her childhood home a couple of hours away, one that she would need to share with local club teams.