“I was told I was too big and had the biggest behind at the start line,” wrote Yoder Begley.
Goucher, another U.S. Olympian who previously trained with Project Nike Oregon, told The Times that after being cooked meager meals by an assistant coach, she often ate more in the privacy of her bedroom, nervous than ‘we hear her open the envelopes of energy bars that she stealthily consumes.
Salazar responded to Cain’s video from 2019 in a statement to The Oregonian, “Neither her parents nor Mary raised any of the issues she now suggests occurred while I was training her. To be clear, I never encouraged her, or worse yet, shamed her for maintaining an unhealthy weight.
Cain admitted at the time that she had sought to re-train with Salazar, seeking an apology, closure and his approval. But she described their relationship as toxic, saying, “I was the victim of an abusive system, an abusive man. “
Salazar told Sports Illustrated in 2019 that his “primary goal” was to promote athletic performance in line with the good health and well-being of his athletes, but he acknowledged: “On occasion, I can -being insensitive or insensitive comments. ”
He apologized to all athletes injured by his comments, saying they were not meant to be painful. But he added, “I take issue with the idea that an athlete suffered abuse or gender discrimination while running for Project Oregon, however. “
In a statement, a spokesperson for Nike said, “Alberto is no longer a contract trainer and we closed the Oregon project almost 2 years ago,” and that the company would not make any changes. additional comments. Nike has employed Salazar as a trainer for two decades and even gave his name to a building on its campus in Beaverton, Oregon.
Once a star runner, Salazar won the Boston Marathon in 1982 and the New York Marathon in 1980, 1981, and 82. At the height of his coaching prowess, he helped guide Mo Farah of Great Britain to medals. gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Salazar’s top American star, Galen Rupp, won silver in the 10,000 meters at the London Olympics and bronze in the Rio marathon.