Swimmer Withdraws From Olympic Trials Due to “Misogynistic Perverts”
One of Australia’s champion swimmers has a powerful message for all the “perverts” out there.
Madeline Groves, 26, announced this week that she will not compete at the Olympic trials in Adelaide, Australia, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In 2016, she took home two silver medals in Rio.
She explained she “made the decision” not to compete this year, writing on Instagram, “I’m so grateful to feel so supported in this decision. I feel very relieved and I’m looking forward to racing at some other competitions later in the year (yeah sorry/not sorry, you haven’t got rid of me just yet!).”
Madeline showed support for her fellow swimmers, noting that “whatever happens I genuinely think this will be one of the fastest Australian Swim Teams ever… Best of luck to everyone competing at Olympic Trials.”
But the 200-meter butterfly champ later revealed the real reason she opted out of the games this year.
On Twitter, Madeline did not hold back when accusing unnamed individuals in the sport of being exploitative.