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Nike Not Fair to Elite Athletes after Pregnancy, OpEd states

Athletic brand Nike has a popular commercial that encourages women to go after their dreams and keep being awesome while pregnant, yet a couple of Nike-sponsored elite athletes are coming out to say the brand actually penalizes women who have babies.

US Track and Fields Champion Alysia Montano who gets sponsorship from Nike spoke out.

From ABCNews.com:

Montano spoke out in an op-ed video published Sunday in The New York Times, saying that Nike, “told me to dream crazy, until I wanted a baby.”

In the accompanying article, it is said that Montano “had to fight with her sponsor to keep her paycheck.”

Other athletes, all track stars, told the New York Times that Nike, their sponsor, did not guarantee them a salary during their pregnancies and immediately after having a child.

“Getting pregnant is the kiss of death for a female athlete,” Phoebe Wright, a runner sponsored by Nike from 2010 through 2016, told the Times. “There’s no way I’d tell Nike if I were pregnant.”

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8 months pregnant US Olympic athlete runs 800m in 2 minutes

US Olympic marathoner Alysia Montano competed in the 800 meter race at an international competition this week and finished the race in 2 minutes and 32 seconds…while 34 weeks pregnant!
The dynamic athlete, known for running with a bright flower in her hair and nicknamed “the flying flower”, got the okay from her doctors to compete. 
Even though the 5-time did not win and came in last while representing the U.S. at the competition at the Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California, she told reporters, she felt “really good.”
The crowd gave her a standing ovation when she came in at a time that most people would struggle to run at that pace. 
“I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process,” she said. 
When not preggers, Montano rocks the typical rock solid 6-pack of track athletes. 
This would be the first child for Montano and her husband since 2011 Louis. 
Amazing but definitely not for novices.