McKayla Maroney loves herself some October.
The former member of the women’s gymnastics team dubbed the Fierce Five at the 2012 Summer Olympics took to Instagram on October 1st and posted herself in the pool rocking a revealing hot pink bikini.
The 25-year-old has had to deal with a lot in her young life as she had to fight back against hackers who had posted her underage nudes online, battled a debilitating eating disorder, all while trying to grieve her father’s accidental death.
“I would drink 24-ounce Cokes, and my parents weren’t really health freaks. But [my perspective] totally changed. When I couldn’t work out, I was feeling sick; my body kind of freaked out like, ‘We can’t lay in bed all day!’” she said.
On top of that, she helped the FBI take down one of the most notorious serial predators of all time. Maroney recalled sitting on her bedroom floor in 2015 telling the FBI on the phone “all of my molestations in extreme detail.” She said that after describing instances of abuse by Nassar, including before her winning the team gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012, “I cried, and there was just silence” on the part of the FBI agent.
She also went into disturbing details of what Nassar did to her and what she told the FBI.
“I told him that the first thing Larry Nassar ever said to me was to change into shorts with no underwear, because that would make it easier for him to work on me, and within minutes, he had his fingers in my vagina,” Maroney said. She added other specifics where he gave her a sleeping pill and how he was “naked, completely alone with him on top of me, molesting me for hours.”
She accused the FBI of falsifying her statement and demanded that the agents involved be indicted for their actions. Maroney was among the hundreds of athletes assaulted by Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who is now serving a several-decade prison sentence. He was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison, after more than 150 women and girls said in court that he had sexually abused them over the past two decades.
Basically, she has had to deal with a ton in just her 25 years of living and deserves to let her hair down and enjoy life.