BREAKING NEWS Woman killed as she was walking across Seneca Turnpike in New Hartford Full Story

Coach Martha Karolyi again denies knowing of Larry Nassar's abuse

Famed gymnastic coach Bela Karolyi described the Larry Nassar scandal as "a bomb exploding" in the gymnastics world, ...

Posted: Apr 20, 2018 4:21 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2018 4:21 PM

Famed gymnastic coach Bela Karolyi described the Larry Nassar scandal as "a bomb exploding" in the gymnastics world, according to taped comments that aired Friday morning and mark the first public reaction from the coach and his wife on the topic since the disgraced doctor's downfall changed the sport forever.

"The whole thing is just like an explosion, a bomb exploding: Boom," Karolyi told NBC's Savannah Guthrie in the interview for "Dateline," set to air in its entirety Sunday night. Excerpts aired Friday on NBC's "Today" show.

For decades, Bela and Martha Karolyi have run the prominent Karolyi Ranch, a training camp tucked away in southeast Texas that bred gymnastics champions -- along with a fear of then-team doctor Nassar, who some victims say molested them at the ranch.

After a series of high-profile trials and victim testimonies, Nassar was sentenced in recent months to decades behind bars for sexually abusing girls under the guise of medical treatment.

Asked how she feels about claims by some of gymnastics' biggest stars say they were violated on the Karolyi Ranch, Martha Karolyi, who is also a coach, told Guthrie: "That's awful. But I would say, even if they had big names or they have no names, any child who was violated by Nassar, it's a crime and it's so sad."

USA Gymnastics cut ties with the Karolyi Ranch in January after several gymnasts -- including four-time gold medalist Simone Biles -- said Nassar abused her at the ranch.

Guthrie pressed the Karolyis on how it was possible that they weren't aware of the abuse taking place at their facility.

"If you couldn't suspect anything -- I heard during the testimonies that some of the parents were in therapy room with their own child and Larry Nassar was performing this and parent couldn't see -- how could I see?" Martha Karolyi said.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1323312

Reported Deaths: 42134
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens1651787958
Kings1622028176
Suffolk1340572677
Nassau1199332604
Bronx1105945327
Westchester884041836
New York791053490
Erie540971409
Richmond468611405
Monroe45706816
Rockland32948821
Orange30012661
Onondaga28797547
Dutchess17623336
Oneida17540369
Albany17287270
Niagara12718253
Broome11804270
Saratoga984289
Schenectady9131137
Ulster8129200
Rensselaer7349110
Putnam682476
Chautauqua594772
Chemung5782111
Oswego512375
Ontario490483
Steuben4740132
Cayuga465575
Sullivan399451
St. Lawrence393864
Herkimer389670
Wayne384556
Genesee3834102
Cattaraugus358162
Jefferson347629
Madison328876
Livingston284442
Tompkins281125
Cortland273855
Columbia269374
Allegany244275
Montgomery240078
Clinton236018
Tioga231354
Wyoming230344
Fulton229156
Warren224542
Greene217863
Orleans202471
Chenango188845
Otsego184324
Washington164427
Lewis161325
Seneca129847
Franklin12979
Delaware110027
Essex102521
Schoharie9606
Yates87522
Schuyler75110
Hamilton1611
Unassigned71110
Out of NY0168
Rome
Partly Cloudy
11° wxIcon
Hi: 18° Lo: 0°
Feels Like: -3°
Binghamton
Partly Cloudy
15° wxIcon
Hi: 20° Lo: 6°
Feels Like: 3°
Rome
Partly Cloudy
11° wxIcon
Hi: 19° Lo: 2°
Feels Like: -3°
Rome
Partly Cloudy
11° wxIcon
Hi: 12° Lo: -9°
Feels Like: -3°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
2021 Golfer's Paradise Card - 21 Courses for only $99.99
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve