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Mary Cain: Former track prodigy sues Nike and her ex-coach Alberto Salazar for $20 million

Mary Cain filed the lawsuit in Oregon on Monday towards the athletic attire firm and Alberto Salazar, who ran the Nike Oregon Project till he was suspended for doping offenses and the program was shut down.

Starting in 2012, Cain participated in this system at Nike headquarters, which was designed to enhance the fortunes of American distance runners in worldwide competitions.

She was 16 years previous on the time she informally joined the crew. The subsequent yr, she accepted an endorsement contract with Nike as knowledgeable runner for the Nike Oregon Project.

The lawsuit claims that, as head coach, Salazar “acted with data that extreme emotional misery was sure or considerably sure to consequence from his conduct.”

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In explicit, the criticism states, “Salazar advised her that she was too fats and that her breasts and backside have been too large.”

Cain’s attorneys additionally allege that “Salazar and different Nike staff typically made sexist and objectifying feedback about feminine athletes, specializing in their look and weight, whereas they didn’t make comparable feedback to or concerning male athletes.”

Cain says within the lawsuit that she was placed on a weight loss plan that left her so hungry, she secretly stole meals from her teammates which she ate within the lavatory.

The criticism says Salazar publicly berated her about her weight even after she received the three,000 meters junior world championship in 2014, a primary for an American lady, in keeping with the swimsuit.

The lawsuit additionally says Salazar was conscious that Cain was growing an consuming dysfunction and had intentionally lower herself, however he allegedly did nothing and ridiculed Cain for having panic assaults.

Cain’s complaints concerning the Nike Oregon Project first grew to become public in 2019 when she shared her story in a seven-minute video op-ed with the New York Times.
At the time, Nike told CNN it was launching an investigation into the allegations and mentioned, “These are deeply troubling allegations which haven’t been raised by Mary or her dad and mom earlier than.”

The New York Times additionally reported that it had obtained an e mail from Salazar denying a lot of Cain’s claims and saying “he had supported her well being and welfare.”

The undertaking was shut down later that yr after Salazar was banned for 4 years as a result of allegations of doping violations by the US Anti-Doping Agency. Salazar appealed the ban, which he lost last month.

In a press release to CNN on Wednesday, Nike responded, “We do not touch upon ongoing litigation. Nike is dedicated to positively affecting the way forward for sport for girls and women and we’re doing extra on this area than ever earlier than.”

Messages despatched to Salazar requesting remark weren’t returned to CNN on Wednesday.

Salazar, who was born in Cuba, loved a distinguished athletics profession, successful the New York marathon for three consecutive years between 1980-82. In 1982 he was second on the world cross nation championships.

He additionally as soon as held American track data within the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

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