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Aly Raisman Makes Plea To USA Gymnastics

Aly Raisman appears on camera.

The star Olympian made a plea to USA Gymnastics during an appearance on ESPN earlier this week.

Aly Raisman is calling for a major change to USA Gymnastics in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. She made the plea during an appearance on ESPN earlier this week.

Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics' team doctor, has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 100 athletes over the course of his career. Many of them are USA Gymnastics stars, including Raisman, Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney.

Raisman, a two-time Olympian, is calling for USA Gymnastics to stop sending its athletes to the Karyolyi ranch in Texas. The ranch, owned by Marta and Bela Karolyi, has served as the home for the sport's top talents since 2001.

The ranch was the perfect environment for Nassar to abuse his athletes, Raisman says. She doesn't think anyone needs to go back there.

“I hope USA Gymnastics listens because they haven’t listened to us so far. I hope they listen and I hope they don’t make any of the girls go back to the ranch. No one should have to go back there after so many of us were abused there,” she said during an appearance on ESPN's Outside The Lines this week.

Raisman, a three-time gold medalist, has been very vocal speaking out against USA Gymnastics in the wake of the scandal. She thinks all they care about is the money they win off of their athletes.

"I don’t think that they care," Raisman said. She also added that they threatened her to be quiet.

"USA Gymnastics just said, 'We're handling this. We got this. Like, stop asking us questions. Don't talk about it because you're going to tip off the investigation," she said.

The entire interview with ESPN is worth a watch. You can see it here.