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University of Utah gymnast retires amid alleged ‘verbal and emotional abuse’ from coach

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A member of the University of Utah women’s gymnastics team announced her retirement from the sport and withdrawal from the school on Friday, citing “verbal and emotional abuse” from head coach Tom Farden and being “completely dismissed” by the athletic department when she tried to report it.

Kara Eaker, a two-time gold medalist at the World Championships and alternate for the 2020 Olympics, said she has recently contemplated suicide and self-harm and was recently diagnosed with “severe anxiety and depression” while also suffering from “panic attacks, PTSD, and night terrors.”

“I accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Utah because I truly believed the school was a place where I could contribute to the community, be a strong asset to the gymnastics team, and be free to develop myself and future career,” Eaker wrote in an Instagram post.

Eaker called the investigation report “incomplete at best,” saying it has no credibility, because it “omits crucial evidence and information.”

The University of Utah did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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