The Sports Gene

Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein

By Tina Hesman Saey, 13:52 PM July 18, 2013

Sprinter Usain Bolt’s website proclaims him “arguably the most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen.” But is the speed that propelled Bolt to Olympic gold really a product of his genes, or do the secrets of his success lie in rigorous training and support from Jamaica’s rich sprinting tradition? Epstein, a sports writer, former scientist and competitive runner, explores the variables for building the perfect athlete in his new book.

One popular theory holds that 10,000 hours of pra...

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