A 3rd coach at Legacy Elite Gymnastics, a excessive profile Chicago-area membership owned and operated by former U.S. nationwide and China Olympic crew coaches, is below investigation for bodily and emotional abuse by the U.S. Middle for SafeSport, based on SafeSport paperwork obtained by the Southern California Information Group.
Rebecca Thone, the Legacy coach, allegedly abused younger gymnasts after Anna Li, an alternate on the 2012 U.S. Olympic crew and UCLA All-American, and her mom Jiani Wu, an Olympic medalist for China and former USA Gymnastic nationwide crew coach, had been already below investigation by the U.S. Middle for SafeSport, based on paperwork and interviews.
The revelation of the Thone investigation comes as Legacy has begun selling “Imagine School Camp” that includes a few of the nation’s prime school coaches on the membership in early July. A flier for the occasion below Legacy’s brand, the Olympic rings and the slogan “The place Success & Enjoyable Is One!” stated the camp is “That includes School Clinicians from” UCLA, Cal, Florida, Washington, Michigan State, Utah State, Towson State and Northern Illinois.
For a $600 price, gymnasts will prepare for 2 days with the coaches and take part in a query and reply session with the faculty coaches, based on the flier.
The U.S. Middle for SafeSport in August 2019 took jurisdiction over an investigation into a number of allegations that Wu routinely bodily abused younger gymnasts, and that she and Li, a former member of the influential USA Gymnastics athletes council, verbally and emotionally abused minor-age athletes, based on SafeSport paperwork and interviews.
Li and Wu have allegedly continued to abuse gymnasts because the middle took jurisdiction over the case in 2019, based on interviews and confidential complaints filed with SafeSport.
Li and Wu have denied any wrongdoing. Russell Prince, an legal professional for the household, didn’t reply to a request for remark.
UCLA head coach Chris Waller didn’t reply to a request for remark, neither did the pinnacle coaches at Cal, Florida, Washington, Michigan State, Utah State, Towson State and Northern Illinois.
Legacy, positioned in Aurora, Illinois, is owned by Wu and her husband Yuejin Li. Wu earned a bronze medal with China within the crew competitors on the 1984 Olympics. She later served as a U.S. nationwide crew assistant coach on the World Championships. Yuejin Li in 1981 grew to become China’s first world champion on the ground train and was a member of China’s silver medal males’s crew on the 1984 Olympics. He was China’s nationwide crew coordinator when China swept the lads’s and girls’s crew gold medals on the 2008 Video games in Beijing.
Anna Li primarily coached feminine gymnasts on the elite stage, the game’s prime stage. One other daughter, Andi Li, is a freshman gymnast at Cal.
At the least 30 complaints have been filed with the U.S. Middle for SafeSport since July 2019 through which gymnasts and their dad and mom allege that Li disparaged gymnasts in entrance of their friends on a “every day foundation,” usually referred to as ladies fats, pressured injured athletes to coach or compete, and threatened to make destructive feedback to school coaches recruiting them in the event that they struggled in coaching, had been unable to coach or compete due to accidents or sickness, or appeared in Li’s opinion obese, based on interviews with a number of gymnasts and fogeys and U.S. Middle for SafeSport and USA Gymnastics paperwork.
Wu on a number of events pulled younger gymnasts by their hair when she was dissatisfied with their coaching, together with a minimum of one event when Wu allegedly pulled a woman by her ponytail all the best way to the bottom, based on interviews and a number of complaints submitted to U.S. Middle for SafeSport and USA Gymnastics.
“Hair was pulled and ladies had been continually body-shamed,” a mother or father wrote in a proper criticism to SafeSport and USA Gymnastics.
One other mother or father in a criticism with SafeSport and USA Gymnastics stated she witnessed “Hair pulling below the guise of bodily teaching.”
One other criticism alleges a “baby had tape positioned over (her) mouth for two hours” by the coaches.
Regardless of the severity of the allegations, the U.S. Middle for SafeSport rejected a request from dad and mom that Li and Wu be positioned on interim suspension, a measure with which SafeSport can droop people as a protecting measure pending the result of the investigation, based on paperwork. People positioned on interim suspension can then request a listening to inside 72 hours.
SCNG reported in August 2019 that prime USA Gymnastics officers have been conscious of bodily, verbal and emotional abuse allegations towards Li and Wu since a minimum of 2017, practically two years sooner than the nationwide governing physique has acknowledged.
Mark Busby, then USA Gymnastics basic counsel, and Toby R. Stark, then the group’s director for Secure Sport confirmed in a sequence of September 2017 emails that USA Gymnastics had obtained allegations of “verbal, bodily and emotional abuse” towards Li and Wu.
The Busby and Stark emails contradicted statements by USA Gymnastics chief govt officer Li Li Leung in August 2019, denying that the group was conscious of complaints towards Li and Wu previous to Li being named to USA Gymnastics’ excessive profile athletes council in June 2019.