US gymnast Marcia Frederick claims coach forced her to give him oral sex twice a day for years to get to the Olympics

Marcia Frederick alleges that from the age of 16 until she was 18, her coach, Richard Carlson, would make her perform oral sex on him


                            US gymnast Marcia Frederick claims coach forced her to give him oral sex twice a day for years to get to the Olympics

According to court documents obtained by the Daily Mail, the first American gymnast to win a world championship claimed she was forced to perform oral sex on her coach twice a day. 55-year-old Marcia Frederick was just 15 when she won the gold medal in the uneven bars at the 1978 World Championship in Strasbourg, France. However, her coach was dismissed after the meet amid allegations of sexual misconduct and she was assigned to Richard Carlson, who forced her to engage in sexual relations with him over the course of the next three years, Frederick claimed in multiple interviews. Carlson was 25 at the time.

Back in 2015, Frederick recounted the details of the alleged grooming to investigators during two long interviews. She was first directed to rub her coach's genitals over his trousers. As time went by, Carlson began sneaking up a fire escape as his wife slept so that he could meet Frederick and have her perform oral sex on him, per court documents. Frederick went on to score the first perfect 10 in a competition in 1979 just moments after orally satisfying her coach, it is alleged.



 

However, while Carlson admitted having sexual relations with Frederick, he said it was only when she was of legal age. Using this premise, he has filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics challenging as to whether he had an inappropriate relationship with Frederick, thus challenging the determination of a three-person panel. The details of the investigation into Frederick's claims were revealed in the complaint made by Carlson.

According to Frederick, she came forward with her story only after learning in 2015 that Carlson was still involved with gymnastics. She had previously assumed he had left the sport when she did during the 1980 Olympic Games Boycott. It was then that she decided to share her allegations, and claimed she was ordered by Carlson during the 1979 World Championship to perform oral sex on him two hours before and two hours after the event.

The erstwhile gymnast claimed she first learned bars from Don Peters, who never assaulted and sexually abused her. However, she claims he may have acted unprofessionally with other young aspirants. That said, Peters denied those allegations outright.



 

Frederick began working with Carlson after Peters' departure in 1978. Carlson would compliment her chapstick and her looks, she told investigators. "Ms. Frederick said that Richie then noticed her hair and said how pretty her hair was," wrote one investigator. "Richie had said how pretty her hair was and how she had been growing up, that her body was changing."

The coach then moved in with his wife to the residence where the girls lived and requested private time training Frederick. It was not until early 1979 that Carlson began demanding sexual favors from his students. "Ms. Frederick said that she remembers what getting closer meant and said Richie liked oral sex, and that was what he meant by getting closer. She stated that the first time it happened they were alone together in the common area of the dorm and Richie put her hand on his crotch and had her rub his crotch and she pulled her hand away and that was it," the report further read.

Although Frederick "felt weird", she thought about several coaches "that married their gymnasts and thought that was what this meant", she admitted. "She said that maybe she thought that Richie was going to divorce Lynn and marry her," the report read.

Shockingly, she said the touching "happened several times" after the first time, and it was always she who touched him and not the other way around. However, the "touching" stopped soon after Carlson started ordering her to pleasure him orally.



 

"Ms. Frederick stated that she did not know how she got to her knees. But believed that Richie took his hands and gently put her to her knees, they were right outside the living room in the doorway to the kitchen, she told the investigator of the first alleged incident. She was on her knees; he took out his penis and put it in her mouth. She said she did not know what to do, and then he h****d her face and ejaculated in her mouth. She swallowed and gagged on it, they did not say anything and she went up to her room," the report read.

That one sexual encounter became a daily practice and sometimes even twice a day for the next two years, Frederick claimed. "So, every time he wanted it, he got it, but she refused to swallow so he would ejaculate on her face and chest," the report noted. "Ms. Frederick said that he usually had a smirk on his face or had his head back and his eyes closed."

She claimed that Rick Wagner, another coach, was also involved in a physical relationship with one of his students and said that Muriel Growled, the gym's owner, married her coach. This led her to believe that "it was normal for coaches to marry their gymnasts."

Soon, Carlson began to risk getting caught by his wife due to their activities. "Ms. Frederick stated that at night Richie would go up the fire escape and would go to her room, she said she could hear his footsteps going up the fire escape, and the first time she saw his sweatpants and sneaker and then it started to happen in her room," read the report.

"She said that like before it would start with the touching and then oral sex. She said there was never any discussion, sometimes he would say sleep well, or see you in the gym type comments. She said it happened in her room any time that Richie got the opportunity. She said she would always wait for the footsteps and just knew," the report noted.



 

Frederick claimed Carlson also made her perform oral sex on him while he drove the team van and her peers were asleep in the backseats. She agreed to continue the practice as a means to an end and a necessary evil, she claimed. "Ms. Frederick stated that she did not like it, that it was just something that she had to do to get to the Olympics. She said that she did not orgasm, that she did not even know what that was, she never thought about that, just thought that was what it meant to get to the Olympics."

During the event, Frederick defended her world title but was not able to do so on the uneven bars. She was sexually assaulted during the competition, she alleged, and did not qualify for the all-around. "Ms. Frederick said that Richie was mad at her after that and made her workout for hours and remembered that they had oral sex that morning," read the report. "While she was working out, Richie got a phone call from Kathy Johnson and Ms. Frederick had to fill in for another girl who had pulled out of the competition."

Frederick, who was 16 at the time, said she wore the girl's leotard and entered the event straight from her workout. "Ms. Frederick said that she was not prepared, she had cum all over her chest, and she was sweaty and dirty from having had to work out," the investigator wrote in the report. "She competed, had one of the best competitions of the day, and Ms. Frederick said she thought it was because she just did not care anymore."

She had a strong urge to tell someone about her misery but did not proceed to do so fearing she would not make the Olympic team. However, her dreams were shattered after the 1980 U.S. boycott of the Moscow Games in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Realizing she had nothing to lose then, she shared her story with multiple people for the first time, starting with her gym's owner. "Ms. Frederick did not recall what exactly Muriel's response was, but stated that if Muriel had asked her anything it was, 'was it in the gym,'" the report explained. "When asked again, Ms. Frederick said that she remembers that she told Muriel that it happened in the van, the dorm, her room, and the hotels. Ms. Frederick said that Muriel said she did not believe her and always had a stoic look on her face, that she looked angry."

The distressed gymnast then went to tell her father, who, instead of consoling her, "looked at her with disgust and they have been estranged ever since." According to the report, her mother was indifferent and her boyfriend at the time was the only one supporting her through it all. Despite the fact that she was just 17 at the time, not one of the five people she confided in reported the crimes to the authorities.

Carlson was subsequently fired but got his job back soon, forcing Frederick to take action against him for what he had done to her. She seduced him and made sure his wife caught the two in bed, she claimed. According to her, it was the first time she engaged in intercourse with a man and the only time she had sex with Carlson.



 

"She relayed that she was watching the clock and when Lynn came in, she had a look on her face of such betrayal and devastation," the report read. "Ms. Frederick said that when Lynn walked in, Richie got off her real quick, she sat up and turned her back to Richie, she relayed that she wanted to hurt Richie but not Lynn. Lynn and Richie started arguing and Ms. Frederick got dressed and went around them and ran out of the room."

Lynn divorced Carlson in 1982 and Frederick left the sport altogether as she did not want to train two more years for the Olympics. Carlson is now pushing back against her claims in the lawsuit he filed against USA Gymnastics. His decision to hit back came after Frederick formally filed her allegations in 2015, when she saw Carlson in a picture on social media at a Gymnastics meet.

Earlier this year, a three-person panel from USA Gymnastics announced that Carlson was banned from the sport for life. Frederick then alleged Carlson was willing to step down permanently if she would keep hush about the allegations.



 

However, Carlson is suing USA Gymnastics saying the organization had not been incorporated at the time of the accusations and that he engaged in sexual relations with Frederick when she was 17, a year older than the age of consent in Connecticut at the time. He also pointed out that he never physically imposed on her to perform sex acts, referring to Frederick's own admission in her testimony. He also stated that according to the statute of limitations, Frederick was required to report within a year and not 33 years after the alleged incidents.

But he denied having sexual intercourse with Frederick — a claim backed by his former wife in court, who stated she never walked in on him having sex with the athlete. "Petitioner, Richard Carlson, denies that any inappropriate sexual contact took place between himself and Ms. Frederick," read his complaint. "And that even if sexual contact took place as alleged by Ms. Frederick such was not against the law or in violation of any policy, rule or code of conduct in place in 1979-1980 which forbid consensual contact between a coach and an athlete."

Carlson is demanding a judgment be returned against USA Gymnastics for "annulling and setting aside the 'arbitrary and capricious' determination of the Hearing Panel; and/or (2) awarding Petitioner the costs and disbursements of this proceeding; and/or (3) for such other, further and different relief as this Honorable Court may deem just, proper and equitable," the Daily Mail reported.