According to Mary, Salazar regularly abused her, both mentally and physically. Salazar’s all-male coaching team called her fat and told her she needed to lose weight in order to be competitive. Mary was publicly shamed in front of her teammates if she was over 114lbs, and, as a young woman trying to hold onto her dream of being the best athlete in the world, she was understandably afraid to speak up.
Then, something happened. The weight loss and calorie restriction caused Mary to lose her period for three years, which meant her body created less estrogen, thus weakening her bones. In five years, she broke five bones. She also experienced mental health issues, including suicidal ideation and self-harm. And although she tried to share what she was going through with her coach and teammates, nobody tried to help her. “There was never anybody who stood up and said, ‘This is emotional abuse, this is unhealthy, you can’t do this to people.’”