The American gymnastics community is on high alert after it was revealed that five-time gold medalist Katrin Rönnel was raped by an American teammate, and that the woman who brought her to the attention of police has also been raped.
In a tweet earlier today, Rönel tweeted that she “felt like my heart was going to burst” after learning that a male teammate, a fellow American, had assaulted her.
Röndel tweeted about the incident on Thursday, and shared a screenshot of the text message she received from the man.
The man allegedly had “sex” with Röndernel on a hotel balcony in the United States on August 10, 2017.
In the message, the man allegedly wrote that he was sorry, and asked if she was ok.
He also told her to get a massage.
According to the U.S. Capitol Police, the incident occurred at the hotel, where Rönernel was staying.
Rändernell’s teammate, another American, was later charged with raping a woman in her 20s at the same hotel.
The suspect, a man named Richard Hargreaves, has since been arrested and is currently in custody.
The other woman who was assaulted at the time, a woman named Emily Deitch, also came forward with her own account of the incident, which the police say she shared with her coach, who then contacted the FBI.
In the message that the two men allegedly sent, they allegedly wrote, “I’m sorry.
I’m sorry I’m so embarrassed.
I was wrong and I’m not sorry.
And I’m going to fix it.”
Röntnel’s coach also responded to the message in a post to Instagram, writing, “We want to be clear.
We never raped anyone.
We only touched a woman.
I know I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Röntnernell has since received support from the National Gymnastics Association, which released a statement saying that they were “disappointed to learn that this individual who was a teammate and a friend to many Olympians and Olympians-to-be has been convicted of sexually assaulting a female teammate.”
According to ESPN, the woman was found to have a history of alcohol abuse.
Rönnernelson’s coach was reportedly charged with two counts of sexual battery on a person under the age of 16, as well as one count of sexual abuse.
The police report is currently sealed, and it is not known whether Rönenelson’s alleged victim will be named in court.