Mary Cain, who was born in New York in 1996, burst into the international track and field scene in recent years with a string of middle distance performances that broke records. The Bronxville High School student has been competing with distinction since 2010 when she won the NYS Class C Cross Country and in 2011 when she placed second in the USATF Junior 1500m Championships and won both the NYS Class C Cross Country and the NYS Federation Championships with the help of her parents, Charles, Mary, and sisters Aine, Catherine, and Mairead.
Mary Cain, a former professional middle-distance runner and high school star, has sued Alberto Salazar and Nike, her longtime professional coach and the shoe company that sponsored her, for $20 million.
When Cain was 17 years old, she joined the Salazar-supervised Nike Oregon Project after breaking several high school records and making the world championships that year. The complaint claims that four years of physical and emotional torture followed.
Salazar is characterized in the complaint as being overbearing and preoccupied with his weight, and he had a propensity to publicly humiliate Cain by having her step on a scale in front of other people—then condemning her if the result was not to his taste. Nike apparently knew about it but did nothing to help Cain.