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Two-time Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is one of 12 athletes who were nominated for the Game Changer of 2018 Award in the People’s Choice Awards. The broadcast of the People’s Choice Awards is scheduled to air live on E! on Sunday, November 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
The 24-year-old Needham, Massachusetts native is now one of the five finalists for the the award. You can vote on who should receive this award up to 25 times per day, and you can do so here.
Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, NFL quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Nick Foles, NASCAR and IndyCar driver Danica Patrick, NBA small forwards Kevin Durant and LeBron James, WWE wrestler Nia Jax and tennis player Serena Williams are the other 11 athletes who were nominated for this award.
Rippon, Biles, Kim, Foles, Patrick, Durant and James were all eliminated. Aside of Raisman, the other finalists are Ronaldo, Kaepernick, Jax and Williams.
Raisman, who won six medals, including three gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the many people who have accused 55-year-old disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician Larry Nassar of sexual assault.
Raisman has undoubtedly been one of the most vocal critics if not the most vocal critic of the people and institutions that protected, defended and enabled Nassar for more than 20 years while he got away with his predatory behavior, including but not limited to USA Gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee and Michigan State University.
Nassar is set to spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison back in December on three child pornography charges by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff.
Nassar was serving this prison sentence at United States Penitentiary, Tucson, a maximum-security federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, before his lawyers revealed that he was physically assaulted within hours of his release into the general population of the prison.
Weeks later, Nassar was transferred to the Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and he was recently transferred to United States Penitentiary, Coleman II.
United States Penitentiary, Coleman II is a high-security federal prison for male inmates that is a part of the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Coleman) and is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. It is located in central Florida roughly 50 miles northwest of Orlando, 60 miles northeast of Tampa and 35 miles south of Ocala.
In January, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Nassar to between 40 and 175 years in state prison on seven sexual assault charges following a seven-day sentencing hearing in Ingham County, Michigan during which 169 victim impact statements were delivered in front of Nassar in court.
Of those 169 victim impact statements, 156 were delivered by people who have accused Nassar of sexual assault and the other 13 were delivered on the behalves of those who have accused him of sexual assault.
Raisman is one of Nassar’s accusers who delivered her victim impact statement during this sentencing hearing, and her statement was a scathing statement that got worldwide attention almost immediately.
In February, Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced Nassar between an additional 40 and 125 more years in state prison on three more sexual assault charges following a three-day sentencing hearing in Eaton County, Michigan during which 65 victim impact statements were delivered in front of Nassar in court.
The father of three of Nassar’s accusers attempted to attack Nassar in court during this sentencing hearing.
In June, Nassar was charged with six counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child in stemming from the Károlyi Ranch investigation in Texas, but he was not issued any additional prison time as a result of these charges.
Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 330 individuals, many of whom female gymnasts, under the guise of medical treatment for more than two decades.