Will Nike's Vaporfly Next% decide the NYC marathon's next winner?
It wouldn't be a surprise to see the sneakers, which some runners say offer an unfair advantage, among the first crossing the finish line.The sneakers have been hotly debated for at least a year, and even more so since mid-October, when Kenyan distance runners Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei both broke marathon records wearing versions of the sneakers. The line uses a carbon-fiber plate packed in foam, which Nike’s research has found can make a runner more efficient. It’s prompted some to question whether they qualify as a mechanical performance enhancer.
Nike will investigate allegations of abuse by runner Mary Cain while she was a member of Alberto Salazar' s training group. FILE - In this April 29, 2016, file photo, Mary Cain walks off the track after competing in the women' s special 1500-meter run at the Drake Relays athletics meet, in Des Moines
Runner Mary Cain Says She Was 'Emotionally and Physically Abused ' at Nike Oregon Project. “These are deeply troubling allegations which have not been raised by Mary or her parents before,” a Nike spokesperson told FN in a statement today.
Nike will look into runner Mary Cain's allegations of abuse while she was part of Alberto Salazar's training group. The runner says it reached the point where she started having suicidal thoughts and cutting herself.
Cain joined the disbanded Nike Oregon Project run by Salazar in 2013, soon after competing in the 1,500-meter final at track and field's world championships when she was 17.
Mary Cain details alleged physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Nike, Alberto Salazar
Mary Cain details alleged physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Nike, Alberto SalazarThe former high school track star was breaking records left and right, and opted to sign a professional deal with Nike after coach Alberto Salazar said she was one of the best athletes he’d ever seen.
One-time phenom Mary Cain alleged in a New York Times video that training under Alberto Salazar led her to suicidal thoughts. Nike vows investigation following Mary Cain ’ s allegations of abuse at Oregon Project. Mary Cain walks off the track after competing in the women's special 1500-meter run
Nike Says Runner Mary Cain Never Raised 'Troubling Allegations ' of Physical and Emotional Abuse to the Brand. Cain alleges that Salazar and his staff would berate her in front of her peers if she did not hit an “arbitrary” target weight of 114 pounds, claiming that she was told to take birth-control pills
Now 23, Cain told The New York Times in a video essay that she joined Nike because she "wanted to be the best female athlete ever."
"Instead, I was emotionally and physically abused by a system designed by Alberto and endorsed by Nike," she said.
Nike said in a statement these are "deeply troubling allegations which have not been raised by Mary or her parents before. Mary was seeking to rejoin the Oregon Project and Alberto's team as recently as April of this year and had not raised these concerns as part of that process."
The sportswear giant added it will "take the allegations extremely seriously and will launch an immediate investigation to hear from former Oregon Project athletes."
Cain alleged that under Salazar's direction she was told to lose weight and he created an "arbitrary number of 114 pounds.
Runner's abuse allegations embolden other female athletes
Track and field is facing a painful and public reckoning with the treatment of some female athletes. Former teen running star Mary Cain's account this week of alleged physical and emotional abuse at the recently disbanded Nike Oregon Project is prompting more top athletes to come forward. Amy Yoder Begley, a 10,000-meter runner, said Friday she was told she had the "biggest butt on the starting line." Kara Goucher's husband said the OlympianFormer teen running star Mary Cain's account this week of alleged physical and emotional abuse at the recently disbanded Nike Oregon Project is prompting more top athletes to come forward.
Nike is investigating allegations by former middle-distance runner Mary Cain that she suffered physical and mental abuse as a member of the Nike Oregon Project. Cain joined the now-shuttered Oregon Project, which was run by coach Alberto Salazar, in 2013 after becoming the youngest
In response to Cain ' s allegations , Nike says, "We take the allegations extremely seriously and will launch an immediate investigation to hear from former Oregon Project athletes." The company calls Cain ' s claims "deeply troubling," but it says that neither Mary nor her parents had previously raised
"He would usually weigh me in front of my teammates and publicly shame me if I wasn't hitting weight," she said.
In 2015, Cain said after a race she told Salazar and the team's sports psychologist she was cutting herself and they "pretty much told me they wanted to go to bed. I think for me that was my kick in the head, where I was like, `This is a sick system.'"
Salazar was banned from the sport for four years by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for experiments with supplements and testosterone that were bankrolled and supported by Nike, along with possessing and trafficking testosterone. Nike shut down Salazar's elite program. In addition, Nike said last month that longtime CEO Mark Parker would leave early next year.
Cain said that "young girls' bodies are being ruined by an emotionally and physically abusive system. That's what needs to change."
In trying to cut weight, Cain said she didn't have her period for three years and broke five different bones. Cain also said Salazar wanted to give her "birth control pills and diuretics to lose weight, the latter of which isn't allowed in track and field.
Nike will no longer sell its shoes and apparel on Amazon
Nike will stop selling its sneakers and clothing on Amazon, ending a pilot program that started in 2017, the company said. The move comes as part of Nike's overhaul of its marketing and retail strategy and the hiring of former eBay executive John Donahoe as its next CEO. "As part of Nike's focus on elevating consumer experiences through more direct, personal relationships, we have made the decision to complete our current pilot with Amazon Retail," Nike said in a statement to Bloomberg.During the pilot program, Amazon purchased sneakers and apparel directly through Amazon, rather than buying them via third parties.
Nike said on Friday it would investigate the “deeply troubling” allegations of emotional and physical abuse made by Mary Cain against its Oregon Project, a distance- running training program. In a video for The New York Times Opinion, published on Thursday, Cain accused the project’ s director
Mary Cain ’ s male coaches were convinced she had to get “thinner, and thinner, and thinner.” Kara Goucher, an Olympic distance runner who trained with the same program under Salazar until 2011 On Thursday, Nike released this statement: These are deeply troubling allegations which have not
"I ran terrible during this time," she added in the video. "It reached a point where I was on the starting line, and I'd lost the race before I started because in my head all I was thinking of was not the time I was trying to hit but the number on the scale I saw earlier that day."
Cain drew overwhelming support from the running community. Shalane Flanagan reached out to her on Twitter, posting: "I had no idea it was this bad. I'm so sorry (Mary) 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."
Cain responded to Flanagan by posting: "I can't express how much this meant to me. It was scary to feel so forgotten by a community I devoted my life to. But together we can change things. As athletes, it's easy to hand our agency to others, but new coaches can change the system."
At the end of her seven-minute video, Cain said: "I genuinely do have hope for the sport and I plan to be running for many years to come. Part of the reasons why I'm doing this now is I want to end this chapter and I want to start a new one."
Nike ends direct sale of clothes and shoes on Amazon .
In the face of stiff competition from third-party sellersNike and Amazon’s deal first emerged back in 2017. At the time, Nike’s aim was to regulate its products when they appeared on the site, cracking down on sales from unlicensed distributors as well as knockoff items being sold by third-party sellers. However, over the last two years, Bloomberg reports that this control never fully materialized. Nike struggled to compete against third-party listings, who would often benefit from having more reviews than Nike’s listings.