Does Mary Cain not know that Mary Decker, who at one time was coached by Al Sal himself, was busted for doping?
When asked by Joe Battaglia, "Who are your running role models?" she answered in part:
How can that be her response? I understand it in the sense that they are both former teen prodigies, (Here in Baltimore, the star bball player Manny Machado says Arod was his idol as they were both teen stars from Miami), but hopefully someone can teach her a little about the history of the sport.
Mary Cain said:
I would say another person I always looked up to was Mary Decker. My mom was actually the first person who kind of put that connection in my mind. In eighth grade I used to wear the pig-tails trying to channel Mary through that.
Your model should not be a former teen prodigy who acted horribly in 1984 (from what I was told I was 11 at the time) when tripped and then resorted to doping at a minimum at the end of her career?
That's just not right.
I'm glad she turned pro today because if she was still an amateur I'd feel a little bit bad about criticizing an amateur but probably would have done it anyway.
All I can say is that's an incredibly disappointing response and Battaglia should have asked a follow up question that at least asked about Decker's doping so Cain can learn from it.
Full interview here: