The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

Athletic success: nature vs. nurture explored and redefined.
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Editors' note

Explore the intriguing debate surrounding athletic success in this captivating book by the author of “Range,” David Epstein. Delve into the age-old question of whether exceptional athletes, like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams, are born with extraordinary talents or achieve greatness through hard work and relentless training.

In this engaging examination of the 10,000-hour rule and the nature vs. nurture debate, Epstein uncovers the latest scientific insights on athletic prowess. With on-the-ground reporting from diverse locations, insightful conversations with top scientists and Olympic champions, and interviews with athletes possessing rare genetic mutations or physical traits, this book invites you to reconsider the essence of athleticism.

Updated with a new afterword on early specialization in youth sports, this thought-provoking book will inspire a new understanding of the factors that contribute to the making of a champion, while shedding light on the importance of balance and versatility in a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

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