Wright, Rachel – Hot 100

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There are few lawyers who can claim to have won an Olympic gold medal, but that’s pretty much what Sara Friend did this summer. In fact, she also played a vital part in winning five silver medals and a bronze. As the British Olympic Association’s head of legal affairs, Friend did not actually run, jump […]

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