‘She sees possibility’: How a teen rock climber shattered a gender barrier

Margo Hayes was 19 when she became the first woman to ascend the the toughest-graded climbing route

The death this year of Roger Bannister, the first person to run a four-minute mile, prompted a reappraisal of his 1954 achievement. “It was as much of a psychological barrier as it was a physical barrier,” said the head of the International Association of Athletics Federations. “He made the impossible possible.”

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