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It Will Take Female Coaches to Protect the Next Mary Cain

Track and field’s toxic male-dominated culture not only abuses women, it denies them allies

Mary Cain. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

LLast week, former high school track phenom Mary Cain published a New York Times op-ed about what she said was abuse at the hands of “the world’s most famous track coach,” Alberto Salazar, at the Nike Oregon Project…

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Christie Aschwanden

Christie Aschwanden

Author of GOOD TO GO: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery (Norton, 2019). Twitter: @CragCrest christieaschwanden.com

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