Strongman competitions, but even more, it is about the tragic death of one its own. It almost serves as a warning, too: Don't date your coach. Don't take performance-enhancing drugs. Check your trauma. But, it warns without heavy handedness.
It is written crisply and simply, though I know the reporting that went into this was anything but simple. The writing? Even more complex, likely siphoned through teams of lawyers, much less editors.
Give it a read. It's the best thing I've read this week.
(Oh, and if you can't read it because of the paywall, pay 99 cents and you get the NYT for a week. Set a phone reminder to cancel in six days. Support journalism, even with a dollar. Seriously.)
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Media, Fandom, and Soccer's Biggest Stage is available online and in hardback from Palgrave Macmillan.
Molly Yanity, Ph.D.