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Nike, initially known as Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS), was established by University of Oregon track competitor Phil Knight and his mentor, Bill Bowerman, on January 25, 1964.[11] The organization at first worked in Eugene, Oregon as a merchant for Japanese shoe creator Onitsuka Tiger, making most deals at track meets out of Knight’s automobile.[11]

As indicated by Otis Davis, a University of Oregon understudy competitor trained by Bowerman and Olympic gold medalist at the 1960 Summer Olympics, his mentor made the primary pair of Nike shoes for him, negating a case that they were made for Phil Knight. As indicated by Davis, “I disclosed to Tom Brokaw that I was the first. I don’t mind what every one of the extremely rich people say. Bill Bowerman made the main pair of shoes for me. Individuals don’t trust me. Truth be told, I didn’t care for the manner in which they felt on my feet. There was no help and they were excessively close. Be that as it may, I saw Bowerman made them from the waffle iron, and they were mine”

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