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Mary Cain finds her stride with a coach

Updated: April 29, 2013, 8:56 AM ET
By Jane McManus

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Mary Cain was at an impasse in 2012. At 15, she was being recognized in the running community for her speed, but her passion for the sport had stalled. The pressure of expectations had sapped some of the fun.

As she watched the London Olympics with her mother, they saw the runners coached by Alberto Salazar. Cain said, half-jokingly, that Salazar should become her coach. Cain even dreamily asked out loud: "I wonder if I could get his email?"

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