Utah Gymnastics Under Review Following Emotional Abuse Allegations

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The University of Utah has engaged an outside agency to review its nationally acclaimed gymnastics program after former gymnasts and parents allege head coach Tom Farden verbally and emotionally abused and physically intimidated members of the team.

As reported by the Deseret News in a 4,000-word story posted late Sunday, the university has turned to the Kansas City-based law firm Husch Blackwell to conduct the review. According to article co-authors Trent Wood and Dennis Romboy, several athletes, their parents and Utah gymnastics staffers — current and former — have been interviewed as part of the investigation. The firm specializes in issues facing colleges and universities, including conducting independent investigations and culture and climate reviews of sport programs.

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