Maggie Nichols

Featured Speaker

Sunday, June 30: 1:00PM―2:00PM PT

Featured Speaker: Maggie Nichols, ALA Annual San Diego, June 27 – July 2, 2024

Maggie Nichols is a five-time National Team Member on the US Gymnastics team, a World Champion and World Bronze Medalist, six-time individual National Champion, and NCAA Women's Gymnastics Champion. 

She will join us to discuss her official memoir, "Unstoppable!," available now. The inspirational tell-all, with an introduction written by Simone Biles, offers an intimate look into the world of elite gymnastics, the sexual abuse scandal that shattered lives and dreams, and how she risked everything in the name of justice. She now tells this story in her own words: a story of hope, trauma, reclamation, and above all, triumph.

In 2015, Maggie Nichols’ gymnastics career was on fire. Having spent most of her young life training as an elite-level gymnast, Maggie carried the team all-around at the 2015 World Championships, helping to cinch the team gold medal. Next in her sights was the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She was eagerly looking forward to training for the 2016 Olympic Games along with teammates such as Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, and Laurie Hernandez. But on the verge of achieving her lifelong Olympic dream, her world came crashing down. That summer Maggie revealed to her coach that USAG doctor Larry Nassar had been sexually abusing herself and other athletes under his care. What followed was an extensive investigation that would capture the nation’s attention and illuminate for the world the trauma and massive cover-up behind the scenes of one of the country’s most celebrated sports institutions.

Ultimately, Nichols would go on to become an 8-time NCAA champion and an outspoken advocate for the protection of young children, especially young athletes.

There will be a book signing in the Sails Pavilion immediately following the session.

Unstoppable Book Cover Image


Macmillan's Children Publishing Group