Maggie Nichols

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7x NCAA National Champion
  • 2016 FIG World Cup: Silver; All-Around
  • 2016 American Cup: Silver; All-Around
  • 2015 World Championships: Gold; Team, Bronze; Floor
  • 2015 U.S. National Championships: Silver; All-Around
  • 2015 U.S. Classics: Bronze; All-Around and Floor
  • 2014 Pan American Championships: Gold; Team, Bronze; All-Around
  • 2014 FIG World Cup: Bronze; All-Around
  • 2014 U.S. National Championships: Bronze; All-Around, Bars, and Floor

NOTABLE ACCOLADES

  • (2020) AAI Award
  • (2020) Big 12 Gymnast of the Year
  • (2019) Honda Sports Award
  • (2019) NCAA Inspiration Award
  • (2018) Arthur Ashe Courage Award
  • AAU Sullivan Award Semi-finalist
  • Four-time Academic All-Big 12 Honoree
  • Four-time WCGA Scholastic All-American

Born in Little Canada, MN, in 1997, Maggie Nichols fell in love with the sport of gymnastics by the age of 3. Having always dreamed of representing her country, she quickly rose in the ranks making the US National Team by the time she was 14 years old. She traveled the world, helping Team USA win international medals, and was considered a top contender for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. However, a devastating knee injury and being the first to speak out regarding misconduct and sexual abuse by a USA Gymnastics team doctor caused speculation when she was left off the 2016 Olympic Team.

Known as “Athlete A” in documentation for a majority of the investigation and lawsuit until coming forward publicly in 2018 and shared her experience alongside other survivors, Maggie holds a unique position in regard to the current reconfiguration and assessment of USA Gymnastics. While she was certainly not the first to be abused, in 2015, she was the first athlete to come forward and report the abuse. Netflix aired a documentary featuring Maggie’s story in June of 2020, bringing additional light and attention to the tragedy in hopes of helping others. Since then, she has established’ The Maggie Nichols Foundation,’ based on the founding mission to offer assistance to charities that help heal victims and survivors of all types of abuse.

In 2016, Maggie left the elite gymnastics world and went on to the University of Oklahoma to compete in the NCAAs. Stamping her legacy by becoming one of the most decorated NCAA gymnasts of all time, Maggie has been dubbed “the Michael Jordan of College Gymnastics.”

Today, Maggie is a student assistant coach for the OU Sooners Women’s Gymnastics team while completing the first year of her master’s program for Adult and Higher Education with the ultimate dream of becoming a University Athletic Director in the future. She previously graduated with her Bachelors’ degree in Communication with a Minor in Business.

Outside of sport, Maggie is passionate about sharing her story, empowering athletes and non-athletes alike, and bringing a positive light to those around her.

Twitter: @MagsGotSwag12

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