Don Peters: Olympic Gymnastics Coach Accused of Sex Abuse
Don Peters Accused of Sexually Abusing Gymnasts
Don Peters, who coached the 1984 US women's Olympic gymnastics team, was accused by three different former team members of sexual abuse.
Doe Yamashiro, who trained at Don Peters' SCATS gym in Huntington Beach, California, said that Peters had fondled her when she was 16, and had sex with her when she was 17. The other two accusers did not go public with their names.
USA Gymnastics is investigating the clams; Don Peters faces a lifetime ban if the accusations have merit.
Linda McNamara, a former assistant director at SCATS who shared an office with Peters, has also told the Register that Peters confessed to her in the early 1990s to having sex with Yamashiro, the second former SCATS gymnast and a third teenage gymnast.
While USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny said, "Unequivocally, USA Gymnastics does not sweep issues like this under the rug," athletes' families have said that a culture of exploitation is pervasive in the gymnastics world.
The US women won eight gold medals in the 1984 games, making Mary Lou Retton a star.