1. The Ivanka comment was gratuitous and irrelevant to the article. Too many people have Trump on the brain (pro or con) and can’t keep from dragging politics into everything. I find it annoying. There’s a whole universe of things that don’t revolve around Donald Trump.
2. What the author calls the “Shalane effect” is really just the dynamic you get on any healthy track/XC team, where teammates support each other, seniors are mentors and not queen bees, etc. It’s rarer and harder to reproduce in a training group at a professional level because there are almost no team events and everyone is in competition with everyone else to make races, teams, and get sponsorships. But the Hansons, NOP, and BTC have all promoted an approach where a training group is a mutually supporting team. BTC has had some very successful women, but I don’t think it’s the “Shalane effect” as much as a bunch of very good athletes in a healthy team environment. That’s not taking anything away from Shalane, who’s a great athlete. I just don’t think it’s that unique of a situation.