Margaret Mary Nichols (born September 12, 1997) is an American collegiate artistic gymnast for the University of Oklahoma. [24] At the 2017 NCAA Championships, she had a surprising fall on balance beam, her first major mistake of the entire season, missing out on the all-around podium despite being favored to win. She had plans to cement her spot as one of the greatest NCAA gymnasts of all time, and she was ready to help lead the Sooners to a second-straight NCAA championship and win her third straight all-around national title. “I have been so blessed to be able to represent the United States in multiple international competitions and the World championships and becoming a world champion,” she wrote. Athlete A documentary coming out June 24th on Netflix! 265.9k Followers, 758 Following, 125 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from MAGGIE NICHOLS (@callmeswags)

“We were almost on the top, so [it] was very sad because everyone wants that opportunity to go to Big 12, and then regionals, then nationals, and to ultimately win that national championship ring.”. "[17], A month later, Nichols tore her meniscus while training her Amanar vault and had to withdraw from the 2016 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in Seattle.

“Big 12 Gymnast of the Year…Five-time first-team WCGA All-American…” her Sooner Sports profile says. On floor, she stumbled out of bounds on her double-double mount, incurring a three-tenth deduction, and scored a relatively low 14.15. Words can’t even describe the things I’ve been through. I can’t thank my coaches and my parents enough for everything they have done for me, and sacrificed for me. Kindler assisted her in writing the letter, according to The Norman Transcript. “Five-time All-Big 12 selection (vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around)…AAU Sullivan Award Semifinalist…Ranked No. Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles, and Nichols’ teammate with USA Gymnastics, described Nichols as “the Michael Jordan of College Gymnastics in an interview with ESPN. Larry Nassar Now: Where Is the USA Gymnastics Doctor Today in 2020. You can read Nichols’ letter in full here. He did this ‘treatment’ on me, on numerous occasions. In June, she returned to competition at the National Championships. “Maggie Nichols is the Michael Jordan of college gymnastics,” Biles said. USA Gymnastics and the USOC did not provide a safe environment for me and my teammates to train. what a season with my amazing team. Words can’t even describe the things I’ve been through. Powered by, Maggie Nichols was a USA gymnastics team athlete whose Olympic dreams were crushed when she became the first person to report allegations of sexual abuse against Dr. Larry Nassar, becoming "Athlete A. Go Sooners❤️ Xoxo, swags, A post shared by MAGGIE NICHOLS (@callmeswags) on Jul 13, 2016 at 1:06pm PDT. 2 on bars…Tallied five perfect 10s on the season to bring her career total to 22…Ranks fourth all-time for career perfect 10s in NCAA History…Six-time Big 12 Gymnast of the Week…Tallied a season-high 39.900 in the all-around (Jan. 20) and is the only gymnast in NCAA history with multiple marks of 39.900 or higher…Secured 28 event titles, including six on vault, seven on bars, five on beam, five on floor and five in the all-around…Competed in 10 of 11 meets for the Sooners…Tallied a 9.9 or higher on 31 of 34 routines…Tallied a 9.9 or higher on all 10 bar routines…Recorded four perfect marks on vault and one on bars…Earned a 39.625 or better in the all-around six times…Finished with the top three all-around scores in the nation with a 39.900, 39.850 and 39.825.”. She announced her retirement from elite gymnastics on Instagram July 13, 2020. 1 in the nation in the all-around and on vault, and had plans to cement her spot as one of the greatest NCAA gymnasts of all time. [53] Nichols was also named to the All-Big 12 team in the all-around and in all four events and was named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Year for the second time in her career. Nichols first reported Nassar’s sexual abuse in 2015, but USA Gymnastics did not report the allegations to authorities until the third athlete came forward, according to The Norman Transcript. Nichols became known as “Athlete A,” and later identified herself by name in a public letter written with the support of her coach at the University of Oklahoma. In the 2016–2017 season, as a freshman majoring in health and exercise science, she made the competitive lineup on all four events and scored at least one perfect 10 on each. [60] Nichols' experience was highlighted in the Netflix documentary Athlete A, as well as the HBO documentary At the Heart of Gold. “I’ve gone through so many injuries and hard times, and I’ve been through so many good times and I’ve learned so many incredible life lessons I wouldn’t have been able to learn without my elite career. When I was talking to her, my coach overheard. Afterward, U.S. national team coordinator Márta Károlyi said, "Maggie showed again that I can rely on her. Also thank you to all of you for all the love and support throughout my elite career, I wouldn't be where I am today without you all. [54][55] In April Nichols was awarded the AAI Award, becoming the first recipient from Oklahoma. Maggie Nichols was a USA Gymnastics team member who became the first person to report Larry Nassar for sexual abuse. “I have been so blessed to be able to represent the United States in multiple international competitions and the World championships and becoming a world champion,” she wrote. [12], At the City of Jesolo Trophy, Nichols finished first with the team and seventh in the all-around. She additionally was co-champion on the vault alongside Ross, Kennedi Edney of LSU, and Derrian Gobourne of Auburn and placed second on uneven bars behind Sarah Finnegan of LSU. At the National Championships in August, she placed third in the all-around behind reigning world all-around champion Simone Biles and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross. “Big 12 Gymnast of the Year…Five-time first-team WCGA All-American…” her Sooner Sports profile says. She even upgraded from last week. She has had a really unique year probably like no one else, and her strength showed through. The following year, which was the most crucial in an Olympic cycle, Nichols finished second in the all-around, just behind Simone Biles at the national championships. She scored a 14.65, higher than her score on night one despite losing three-tenths in start value. Kindler, "Maggie's beam routine was a great beam routine. READ NEXT: Larry Nassar Now: Where Is the USA Gymnastics Doctor Today in 2020? She also shared the floor exercise title with teammates Dowell and Webb, Maddie Karr of Denver, and Haylee Young of Iowa State. Dr. Larry Nassar‘s extensive abuse of hundreds of athletes came to light following a conversation Maggie Nichols had with USA Gymnastics teammate Aly Raisman. Read more about the cover-up and former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny here. [45], On May 7 it was announced that Nichols would be awarded the Honda Sports Award for gymnastics for 2019,[46] becoming the third Sooner to receive the award after softball player Keilani Ricketts and fellow gymnast Kelly Garrison.

Read more about Nassar’s life in prison here. She went to Nassar for a treatment, and he drew the blinds closed. The Sooners traveled to Georgia for a dual meet to open the season. Last week she got a 10 but she didn't do the front tuck.

She says, ‘OK, this is what happened to me,’ and then just gets on with it. [50], On March 12, 2020, the NCAA canceled all remaining championships for the 2019-2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, effectively ending the college gymnastics season. I still hope I can continue to inspire people to reach there goals and dreams.✨ I'm excited to continue my journey at the University of Oklahoma starting in August. During her beam warm-up, she fell on her full-twisting double back dismount and decided to change it to a simpler double pike. Maggie Nichols, who was featured prominently in Netflix documentary, “Athlete A,” recently retired from NCAA gymnastics at the conclusion of a historic career cut short by the coronavirus.

I have been so blessed to be able to represent the United States in multiple international competitions and the World championships and becoming a world champion. In addition, it looks into systemic cover-ups and delays in reporting the abuse by USA gymnastics and Michigan State University. "[27], The Sooners next competed against Nebraska at the Perfect 10 Challenge held at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. That routine was definitely a highlight on beam. She made history as the first gymnast to score multiple marks of 39.9 or higher, according to her Sooner Sports profile. We were subjected to Dr. Nassar at every National Team Camp which occurred monthly at the Karolyi Ranch. Although gymnastics dashed Maggie Nichols’ dreams twice, first with the sexual abuse of Dr. Larry Nassar and again with a halt to sports during her senior year at the University of Oklahoma, she leaves a legacy as one of the best NCAA gymnasts of all time. I can’t thank my coaches and my parents enough for everything they have done for me, and sacrificed for me. [8], At her second City of Jesolo Trophy, Nichols finished first with the team and third in the all-around. Gina Nichols, Maggie Nichols mother, believes she was left off the 2016 Rio Olympics roster as punishment for reporting the abuse.
[36], During the Super Six finals, Nichols contributed a 9.9375 on vault, a 9.9625 on uneven bars, a 9.9125 on balance beam, and a 9.9625 on floor exercise, but Oklahoma ultimately finished second to UCLA by only .0375. [47] On May 15 Nichols was awarded the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award. The following month, Nichols competed at the 2015 U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis.

Nassar’s abuse started decades earlier at Michigan State University. [3] At the USA Gymnastics National Championships, she was the bronze medalist in the all-around and on uneven bars and floor exercise in 2014 and the silver medalist in the all-around in 2015.