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No hurdle too high for Kellie Wells

Originally Published: April 5, 2012
By Rachel Wallack Cooperman | Special to espnW

As a kid, track practice was a safe space for Kellie Wells. A rising star at James River High School in Virginia, Wells loved running and, especially, clearing hurdles. But, with equal passion, she dreaded going home to face her abusive stepfather.

After years of silence, in 2010 Wells began talking publicly about consistent sexual abuse she said she'd suffered as a teenager, abuse she said eventually led to rape.

She initially wrote about it on her blog.

"It ...

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