Dying To Ask

How Dr. Marcia Faustin Will Rebuild Trust After The Larry Nassar Gymnastics Scandal

July 26, 2021

If I asked you to name one Olympic or national team doctor, you could probably only name one and it's Larry Nassar.

You know his name because of the sex abuse scandal that was revealed shortly after the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Larry Nassar is the former face of the medical staff at USA Gymnastics who was accused of rampant sexual abuse masked as medical treatment.

Hundreds of athletes came forward, including one of the stars of the Tokyo Olympics, Simone Biles.

He will spend the rest of his life in prison.

The scandal revealed the inner workings of a program that emphasized winning above all, including the physical and mental health of athletes.

It forced a massive cultural change in coaching and in how medical services are handled for athletes.

Dr. Marcia Faustin is part of that change. She is one of two USA Gymnastics Women's team doctors who will tend to athletes in Tokyo and beyond.

On this Dying to Ask:

  • How Dr. Faustin's background prepared her for this unique and high-profile role
  • What the 2020 Tokyo Gymnastics Team needs from her and her co-doctor, Dr. Ellen Carey
  • Why being bored is a sign of a good day at work at the Olympics


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