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An athlete who spoke out against Nike s running program in 2015 says Mary Cain s allegations could change the future of the sport

Kara Goucher, an Olympic long-distance runner and Nike Oregon Project whistleblower, voiced her support for middle-distance runner Mary Cain in an interview with Insider. Goucher, who went to the US Anti-Doping Agency with allegations of drug use within the Nike Oregon Project in 2015, says Cain s allegations could change the future of the sport. Cain said she was emotionally and physically abused by coach Alberto Salazar while training with the now-shuttered Nike Oregon Project between 2013 and 2016. Goucher said that when she first came out with allegations against the Nike Oregon Project, there was so much backlash and so much anger, but now with Cain, she sees overwhelming support. Visit Insider s homepage for more stories. Olympic long-distance runner and Nike Oregon Project whistleblower Kara Goucher told Insider that Mary Cain s allegations against the now-shuttered program  could change the future of the sport. Goucher left the Nike Oregon Project in 2011 and went to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with allegations of drug use within the program in 2015. As a result of Goucher and other athletes speaking out, the Nike Oregon Project was shut down in October, after the USADA banned its infamous coach, Alberto Salazar, from the sport for four years. Goucher voiced her support for Cain on Twitter Thursday, after Cain opened up about her experience with the program and Salazar, in an op-ed video published by the New York Times on Thursday. Cain said she was emotionally and physically abused by Salazar while with the team, and forced to lose so much weight she lost her period for three years and broke five bones. She said her concerns ignored when she told her coach she was cutting herself and having suicidal thoughts. After her allegations were made public on Thursday, Mary Cain was met with support from other athletes. I am so proud of @runmarycain for telling her powerful story of verbal, emotional, and physical abuse at the Nike Oregon Project. This took so much bravery. We have to stop the abuse of athletes, specifically female. Please watch and thank you Mary ❤️https://t.co/Rha4Qhs3k7 — Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) November 7, 2019 So @Nike responds to @runmarycain. Takes the time to victim shame Mary, before saying they will investigate. I hope you come to me, because I have stories to match all of Mary’s claims and so much more. Don’t let this be more lip service, actually do something. pic.twitter.com/tUxPlslr0F — Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) November 8, 2019 “Don’t tell Kara, but she is still too heavy. She needs to lose her baby weight if she wants to be fast again.” Kara had GIVEN BIRTH 6 months prior and just ran 2:24. No celebration on her tremendous run, just judgement on her body. — Adam Goucher (@Adam_Goucher) November 8, 2019 I had no idea it was this bad. I’m so sorry @runmarycain that 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.https://t.co/pfj0BIaEiS — Shalane Flanagan (@ShalaneFlanagan) November 7, 2019 I can’t find any pictures of @runmarycain and me together, but this is how I will always remember her-constantly being a supportive teammate, while fighting her own battles. pic.twitter.com/TiRpP4ezoj — Cam Levins (@CamLevins) November 8, 2019 I knew that our coaching staff was obsessed with your weight loss, emphasizing it as if it were the single thing standing in the way of great performances. I knew because they spoke of it openly among other athletes. — Cam Levins (@CamLevins) November 8, 2019 Bravo @runmarycain!

This took a lot of guts to say.

I can verify her account of the rainstorm meet in 2015 where she was yelled at in public for gaining weight.
I was there, I was the meet director.

Believe Mary.
She is telling the truth.https://t.co/6TKuHe1fME — Jonathan J. Marcus (@jmarpdx) November 7, 2019 Two-time Olympian Kara Goucher says there needs to be more women coaches in the running world Goucher, a two-time Olympic 10,000 meter runner who is running her first ultra-marathon next weekend, told Insider that she had similar experiences at the Nike Oregon Project. She said that like Cain, she had no one to turn to when she needed help. She said having more female coaches would help the sport, and that there should more training around abuse and ways for athletes to report abuse. Moving forward we just need to create safer environments and women have to be included, she told Insider. We need a place to go. I had no where to go, and likewise Mary had nowhere to go. It creates a system where they re able to groom you and manipulate you because there s nowhere to turn. Cain had said that Salazar wanted her to keep losing weight — to be thinner, and thinner, and thinner, until she hit his goal weight of 114 pounds. He even told her she should go on birth control or diuretics to shed pounds. Cain said there was no sports psychologist or nutritionist on staff. Cain and Goucher say the Nike Oregon Project had no nutritionist on staff Goucher, too, said there was no nutritionist employed by the team. She said anything you told an administrator would get back to Salazar. A coach is supposed to provide you with workouts and racing plans and things like that... plotting your future as an athlete, she told Insider. There are things they shouldn t be talking to you about. They shouldn t be talking to you about your relationship, or your weight, or your body, or the size of your butt. That s not a place a coach should be. Seeing the support Cain s video received in the running world, Goucher said she has hope in where the sport is going. She said when she first came out with allegations against the Nike Oregon Project, there was so much backlash and so much anger, but now, women s voices are getting stronger. Now seeing Mary coming forward, it s been overwhelmingly supportive, she told Insider. I just really encourage women to come together and to share our stories because the more we speak, the less they can single us out and attack us, and the more we can make change for the future generation. Read more: A once-Olympic hopeful who said her body broke down after working with a Nike coach had a disturbingly common condition Texas Longhorns star Andrew Jones played for first time in 2 years after battle with Leukemia and had the best game of his career Jermaine Whitehead has been cut from the Cleveland Browns after threatening to kill a fan on Twitter Supermodel Kate Upton rails against dumb misogynist comments after weighing in on World Series controversy Join the conversation about this story NOW WATCH: A 45-year-long study discovered trends in successful hyper-intelligent children


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