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1984 Olympic coach banned for life by USA Gymnastics after former athletes allege sexual abuse
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ' A former Olympic gymnastics coach accused of sexual abuse has been banned for life by USA Gymnastics and his place in the federation's Hall of Fame revoked.
Don Peters, head coach of the 1984 U.S. women's Olympic team, was declared "permanently ineligible" after a hearing by USA Gymnastics last week. Two former gymnasts have told the Orange County Register they were sexually abused by Peters as teenagers in the 1980s. Peters can't be prosecuted under California law because the statute of limitation has expired.
Peters was one of the country's top coaches in the 1980s, and his SCATS gym in Huntington Beach, Calif., produced several national team members. He was head coach of the U.S. team at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where the Americans won eight medals.