Social media supports Team USA’s anorexia-battling Abbott after heartbreaking loss
Mara Abbott had been showing her battle long before her run toward Olympic gold dropped into a medal-free finish in the women’s road race on Sunday.
Battling anorexia and working part-time jobs to allow her to compete, Abbott came within 150 meters of a gold medal before a trio of racers caught her just before the finish line.
When you consider than she ran out of gas at the finish and has a day-to-day fight with eating, it’s extra powerful. The 30-year-old Boulder native shared her story in a piece published by The Guardian:
After the loss, social media made sure to both directly and indirectly laud her race, which was grueling, thrilling, and ultimately draining.
But so worthwhile.
What an amazing effort by Mara Abbott. Huge heart. Winner in our eyes.— Julie Chu (@juliechu13) August 7, 2016
Bike racing is a beautiful but cruel, cruel sport. What a ride by Mara Abbott and Team USA.— Jason Gay (@jasongay) August 7, 2016