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Olympic star who survived rape now a champion for the abused in sport

Nancy Hogshead-Makar’s activist work ethic mirrors the dedication that marked her swimming career

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Three years after the trauma of being raped by a stranger while jogging outside a university campus, American swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar lit up the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles by winning three gold medals and a silver.

Today, the 57-year-old lawyer, mother and activist devotes her life to the fight for gender equality and the battle against sexual abuse in sport.

In an interview ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, Hogshead-Makar says she remains “unrealistically optimistic” about her work and life in general...

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