Journalist David Epstein tells the story of Jill Viles, who has muscular dystrophy and can’t walk. But she believes that she somehow has same condition as one of the best hurdlers in the world, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep.
David Epstein is the author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance.
Read more from David about Jill and Priscilla and see photos at ProPublica.
Jan 15, 2016
When you’re the only one who can see something, sometimes it feels like you’re in on a special secret. The hard part is getting anyone to believe your secret is real. This week, people trying to show others what they see—including a woman with muscular dystrophy who believes she has the same condition as an Olympic athlete.
Side-by-side comparison of Priscilla Lopes-Schliep and Jill Viles — from Jill’s packet that she sent to David Epstein. (Click the image to enlarge.)