• They’re banned from coaching Olympic sports. Why are they instructing children?
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    They’re banned from coaching Olympic sports. Why are they instructing children?

    MacKenzie Loesch says she still has a clear memory of the encounter that broke her. It was 10 years ago, and Loesch was 12 — a rising taekwondo star from a small town in Missouri. Her training facility was two hours away, and her coach, Thomas Hardin, would often drive her there. One day, she was sitting in his car at a gas station when, she says, he handed her a blue rose. He told her he loved her and told her to say it back. Someday they’d get married, he said, according to Loesch. Loesch had been carrying the secret since she was 9, all while winning gold and silver…

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