A once-Olympic hopeful says her male running coach at Nike told her to lose so much weight that body started breaking down completely


Mary Cain walks off the track after competing in the women's special 1500 meter run at the Drake Relays athletics meet, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Middle-distance runner Mary Cain says her male running coaches at Nike were so focused on her losing weight that her body broke down. Now she says there needs to be more education about women’s health in the sport.
Cain opened up about her experience with the now-shuttered Nike Oregon Project and its infamous coach, Alberto Salazar, in an op-ed video published by the New York Times on Thursday.
She told The Times that she was physically and emotionally abused during her time in the program, so much so that she had suicidal thoughts and started cutting herself.
Cain said she lost so much weight while in the program that she lost her period for three years and broke five bones.
She told Insider: “Too many teams are led by older men, who seem unable to have an appropriate, supportive conversation about weight and periods with young girls. As a result, we need to educate people on how to have these conversations.”

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A former Nike runner who was once an Olympic hopeful says her male running coaches at Nike were so focused on her losing weight that she stopped her period for three years and broke multiple bones while training with a top program.

Now, middle-distance runner Mary Cain, who was the fastest female runner in America when she was just a teenager, says the running world needs to take a different approach to training young girls.

“Too many teams are led by older men, who seem unable to have an appropriate, supportive conversation about weight and periods with young girls. As a result, we need to educate people on how to have these conversations,” she told Insider.

Cain, now 23, opened up about her experience with the now-shuttered Nike Oregon Project and its infamous coach, Alberto Salazar, in an op-ed video published by the New York Times on Thursday.

Mary Cain left the Nike Oregon Project in 2016

Cain left the Nike Oregon project in 2016, feeling that she’d been physically and emotionally abused by Salazar. The Nike Oregon Project was shut down in October, after the US Anti-Doping Agency banned Salazar from the sport for four years.

“I fell out of love with running for a long time. I was so hurt that no one that saw me struggling ever reached out or stepped in,” she told Insider via email. “It’s why it wasn’t until Alberto’s ban that I …read more


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