Olympic Medalist Goes Public With Sexual Abuse

Margaret Hoelzer squirms in the leather chair, trying to get comfortable. She kicks off the flip-flops and tucks her feet underneath her body. Shifting again, she slings her legs over the side of the chair, revealing the star-spangled toenail polish that still remains from the Beijing Olympics.
Margaret Hoelzer
U.S. swimmer and Olympic silver medalist Margaret Hoelzer speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Huntsville, Al., on Friday, Sept 12, 2008. Hoelzer revealed her secret -- saying she was sexually abused as a child.
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She takes a deep breath, ready to reveal her secret -- saying she was sexually abused as a child.

Now, the swimmer who won three medals at the Beijing Olympics is ready to share her story and work to make sure what she says happened to her doesn't happen to other kids.

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Et par le pouvoir d’un mot Je recommence ma vie, Je suis né pour te connaître, Pour te nommer

And by the power of a single word I can begin my life again, I was born to know you, to name you

Paul Eluard