Nike said on Friday of which would certainly investigate the “deeply troubling” allegations of emotional as well as physical abuse made by Mary Cain against its Oregon Project, a distance-running training program.
In a video for The completely new York Times Opinion, published on Thursday, Cain accused the project’s director, the marathon great Alberto Salazar, of repeatedly urging her to lose weight to unhealthy levels.
Salazar was recently suspended for four years for antidoping violations, as well as the Nike Oregon Project was shut down. Salazar has denied giving athletes performance-enhancing drugs.
Nike also said in a statement of which “Mary was seeking to rejoin the Oregon Project as well as Alberto’s team as recently as April of of which year as well as had not raised these concerns as part of of which process.”
Cain was a high school middle distance phenom by completely new York, qualifying for the Olympic Trials in 2012 at 16. Later of which year, she began training with Salazar as well as continued to do so until 2015. Her later performances on the track did not match her early promise.
from the video, Cain, 23, accused Salazar of shaming her in front of others on the team when she did not reach the required weight targets. She said of which her low weight caused her to miss her period for three years, leading to lower levels of estrogen as well as a few broken bones.
She also said of which she had suicidal thoughts as well as cut herself, yet of which no one at Nike “genuinely did anything or said anything.”
Salazar replied to Cain’s video in a statement to The Oregonian: “Neither of her parents, nor Mary, raised any of the issues of which she today suggests occurred while I was coaching her. To be clear, I never encouraged her, or worse yet, shamed her, to maintain an unhealthy weight.”
In a Twitter message on Friday morning, Cain acknowledged of which she had sought to reconnect with Salazar.
“I wanted closure, wanted an apology for never helping me when I was cutting, as well as in my own, sad, never-fully healed heart, wanted Alberto to still take me back,” she wrote. “I still loved him. Because when we let people emotionally break us, we crave more than anything their very approval.”
“We quickly fell out of touch of which summer,” she added, “as well as of which made the rose coloring glasses finally fall off. He didn’t care about me as a person; only as the product, the performer, the athlete.”
Cain received support on social media by various other runners.
“I had no idea of which was of which bad,” tweeted Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 completely new York City Marathon winner. “I’m so sorry, @runmarycain of which I never reached out to you when I saw you struggling. I made excuses to myself as to why I should mind my own business. We let you down. I will never turn my head again.”
Amy Yoder Begley, a former American Olympian, tweeted of which she was kicked out of the Oregon Project after finishing sixth from the 10,000 meters at the United States track as well as field championships.
“I was told I was too fat as well as ‘had the biggest butt on the starting line,’” she wrote, “of which brings those painful memories back.”
Kara Goucher, another American Olympian who used to train with the Oregon Project, said on Twitter, “I have stories to match all of Mary’s claims as well as so much more.”