Maddie Groves swimmer misogynistic perverts, withdraws from Olympic trials

A two-time silver medalist has withdrawn from this month's Olympic swimming trials for an unspecified reason.

Maddie Groves, the Olympic swimming champion, has withdrawn from this month's Olympic trials, citing "misogynistic perverts in sport" as the reason for her boycott.

On Wednesday evening, the two-time Olympic silver medalist announced her decision via social media.

“I'm so appreciative of the support I've received in making this decision,” she wrote on Instagram.

“I truly believe that this will be one of the fastest Australian swim teams in history, and I encourage everyone to jump on board early.

“I wish everyone competing at the Olympic Trials the best of luck.”

Groves followed up her Instagram post on Thursday morning with a tweet criticizing those responsible for her boycott.

Groves also won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Groves also won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

“Let this serve as a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport, as well as their boot lickers,” the 26-year-old wrote on Twitter.

“You cannot continue to exploit young women and girls by body shaming or medically gaslighting them and then expecting them to represent you and earn your annual bonus. The clock is ticking.

“Make them pervs quake in fear at the sheer volume of people who support a statement that threatens their very existence,” she continued in a subsequent Instagram post.

Groves' post does not make it clear who she was addressing or whether she was referring to a specific incident.

Groves received encouragement on social media from a number of Australian athletes, including Paralympian Monique Murphy, Olympic diver Brittany O'Brien, and Olympic silver medalist Taylor McKeown.

Groves was scheduled to compete in the Australian Olympic trials in Adelaide beginning this Saturday in an attempt to qualify for her second Olympic Games.

She had qualified for the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle.

The Brisbane native made her Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, winning silver in the 200m butterfly and 4x100m medley relay.

Additionally, she competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she won two gold medals.

Groves stated in her first Instagram post that she would continue racing in other competitions "later in the year."

Swimming Australia did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NCA NewsWire.

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