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NEW YORK — Former USA Gymnastics national team coordinator Martha Karolyi says she feels for the sexual abuse victims of a former national team doctor serving decades in prison but added she doesn't feel she should be held responsible for his actions.
Karolyi told "Dateline NBC" in an episode that aired Sunday she "feels extremely bad" for the victims of Larry Nassar but downplayed the idea the atmosphere she created at the national team training center allowed Nassar's behavior to run unchecked.
Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring in 2016. She told Savannah Guthrie she did not turn a blind eye to Nassar's behavior and that the doctor conned her and husband Bela in much the same way he conned the parents and coaches of the athletes who Nassar abused.
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