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  • In this scene, Thomas bet that he could clear 6'6". Thomas did not practice and still did it, and Mattis shocked and told his coach. The coach didn't believe him until  he saw it himself and was filled with amazment. "Two days later, in a black tank top and white Nike sneakers and shorts so baggy they blanketed the baras he passed over it, Thomas cleared 6'8.25 on his first attempt, qualifying for the national champions"(Epstein 5).
  • Scene two is placed two months later in Australia at the Commonwealth games along with some professional jumpers. "He placed fourth in a world-class field, a result that actually confused him because he did not  yet understand how tiebreakers work in high jump and thought he was in third place  until the results were announced"(Epstein 6).With only eighth months of practice, in August 2007, Thomas traveled to Osaka for the World Championships. Thomas was easily advanced along with, very well known, reigning Olympic champion, Stefan Holm to the final."Thomas, looking cool in sunglasses beneath the bright lights illuminating the stadium, was described as 'very much an unknown quantity'"(Epstein 6).
  • Scene three starts at the beginning of the competition, where Thomas was folding early in it. Unlike the others who were  taking lengthy approaches, they had to start on the running track. He began on infield, he missed at 7'3",  but each jumper gets three attempts for every height. Thomas was jumping lower than his first meet, while Holm was passing four without a single miss. "But Thomas began to hit his form, managing to alternate makes and misses"(Epstein 6). 
  • Scene four includes Holm's first attempt where he leapt and barely grazed the bar and it fell to the ground. Yaroslav Rybakov nudged the bar off, then came Thomas, he impossibly cleared 7'8.5" on his first attempt. Holm was up again, with another miss, he hoped to make his last attempt but didn't."The guy in pole vault shoes who thinks high jump is 'kind of boring' was crowned the 2007 world champion"(Epstein 7).
  • Scene five took place in 2008, where Masaki Ishikawa was asked to examine Thomas to see why he was so naturally good."Ishikawa noted both Thomas's long legs relative to his height and also that he was gifted with a giant's Achilles Tendon"(Epstein 7). Achilles is important for jumping for humans and animals."The more power that is stored in the spring when it is compressed, the more you get when it is released"(Epstein 7).
  • Scene six says the tendon doesn't impact by training."Neither Ishikawa nor Hunter would suggest that the sole secret to the jumping success of Holm and Thomas is in their Achilles tendons"(Epstein 8).The tendon does explain why a teenager who has no passion for high jump became a world champion without even progressing. 
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