During the week-long sentencing hearing that saw many of Nassar's victims step forward and provide impact statements, the Karolyi Ranch came up in multiple testimonies, most notably from Mattie Larson as she described the culture inside the facility as one that saw these young athletes as nearly sub-human.
Amid allegations that athletes were sexually abused for years at the Karolyi Ranch near Huntsville, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked the Texas Rangers to investigate activities at the former national training center for USA Gymnastics.
As Dvora Meyers reported on Deadspin in May, USA Gymnastics brought Bela Karolyi out of retirement in late 1999 to fill the new role of national team coordinator, and grueling training camps at the ranch became part of the Olympic team selection process. "The people of Texas demand, and the victims deserve, nothing less", Abbott said.
The Walker County Sheriff's Office said last week that it had an open investigation into the ranch, and Abbott commended the office for its diligence. Numerous victims testified that their abuse took place at the Karolyi Ranch in Walker County. Nassar also pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in a MI courtroom for which the judge handed him a separate sentence of 40 to 175 years behind bars.
Read Governor Abbott's full letter calling for an investigation by the Texas Rangers. Martha Karolyi coached the team in 1996 and was assistant coach in 2008.
Nassar's accusers have said he would use his ungloved hands to penetrate them and other inappropriate touching when they were seeking treatment for back, hip, leg, foot and other injuries.
"I was willing to physically hurt myself to get out of the abuse I was experiencing at the ranch", she said.
Bela Karolyi coached the USA women's team at the Olympics in 1988 and 1992.
Biles, who has returned to training after winning five medals at the 2016 Olympics, said in a statement released Monday that "it is impossibly difficult" to attend team camps at the ranch.
She said he would give her desserts as treats, which were forbidden at the ranch, where the Karolyis closely monitored what the gymnasts ate.