This scene relates to our theme because it shows how much higher Thomas can jump than Mattis without training. Epstein says "Thomas hardly arched his back and his legs flailed in the air like the streamers trailing a kite- he cleared seven feet."(Epstein 5). This evidence relates to the scene because it talks about how much higher Thomas can jump than Mattis.
This scene relates to our theme because it shows how fast Thomas is progressing with barely any practice. Epstein says " on the seventh high jump attempt of his life, Thomas cleared seven and 3 inches a new Lantz indoor Fieldhouse record."(Epstein 6). This evidence supports my scene because it shows that Thomas can beat people who have a lot of training when all he has is a little bit of training and natural talent.
This scene relates to our theme because it shows that Thomas is going to the world championships in the Bahamas off of 8 months of training while others have been training for way more time. Epstein says "In August 2007, with a total of eight months of legitimate high training to his name, Thomas traveled to the Bahamas for the world championship."(Epstein 6). This evidence supports my scene because it shows how much training others have had compared Thomas.
This scene relates to our theme because it shows that people with good genetics can progress faster than people that have been practicing. Epstein says " Thomas advanced easily to the final, as did the reigning Olympic champ Stefan Holm."(Epstein 6). This evidence supports my scene because Stefan Holm has been practicing his whole life while Thomas only had eight months of training.
This scene relates to our theme because it shows that practice does come in to play. Epstein says" Had Thomas any semblance of the back arch that every other pro jumper does, he would've shattered the world record."(Epstein 7). This scene supports my evidence because it show that sometimes practice can be better that just genetics.
This scene relates to our theme because it shows that Thomas has a large Achilles Tendon which gives him a huge advantage. Epstein says "Ishikawa noted both Thomas's relative to his height and also that he was gifted with a giant Achilles Tendon."(Epstein 7). This evidence supports my scene because it proves that with little practice you can still compete with the best.
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