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The Sports Gene
Updated: 9/18/2020
The Sports Gene
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  • Main Ideas: 1: Genes can help an athlete perform better. 2. Practice and effort can also make an athlete better.
  • I can clear this easily!
  • Quit your talking and let's see if you can jump.
  • Main Ideas: 1 Genes can help and athlete perform better. 2. Practice and effort can also make an athlete better
  • No way!!! Go the track meet on Saturday.
  • He can jump 7 feet!!!
  • Main Ideas: 1 Genes can help and athlete perform better. 2. Practice and effort can also make an athlete better
  • In this scene, Thomas and Mattis competed against each other in high jumping. Thomas was able to jump and clear a lot of the poles. The text states that "Without a semblence of graceful high-jump technique -Thomas hardly arched his back and his legs flailed in the air" (Epstein ).
  • Main Ideas: 1 Genes can help and athlete perform better. 2. Practice and effort can also make an athlete better
  • In this scene, Mattis goes to Coach Lohr's office to tell him of Thomas' ability. This got the coach's attention who asked him to join the track team on the spot. He then asked him to go to the track meet on Saturday. The text states that " 'The coach said there's no way I could that. He didn't believe it.' " (Epstein).
  • Main Ideas: 1 Genes can help and athlete perform better. 2. Practice and effort can also make an athlete better
  • You have a very large Achilles tendon.
  • In this scene, Thomas shows off to the track coach his ability. Thomas was able to qualify for National Championships at his first try. He then took over for the school's world record of high jumps. The text states "Then (Thomas) cleared 7'0.25 for a new Lindenwood university record. " (Epstein).
  • Main Ideas: 1 Genes can help and athlete perform better. 2. Practice and effort can also make an athlete better
  • In this scene, Thomas is competing in the World Championship against a reigning Olympic Champion, Stefan Holm. , Thomas had triumphed over Holm at the 7'8.5 mark. "And yet, flailing his legs and with his back nearly straight, he passed 7’8.5 on his first attempt, ." (Epstein).
  • In this scene, Thomas is found to have an abnormally long ten and a quarter inch Achilles tendon. This tendon is an important factor in Thomas' high jump. His genes and Holm's effort had both been factors for their success."Whereas Holm’s Achilles was a more normal-sized, incredibly stiff spring, Thomas’s, at ten and a quarter inches, was uncharacteristically long for an athlete his height." (Epstein).
  • In this scene, the scientists discover that the longer the Achilles tendon is, it allows an athlete to get more power when they jump. But they also discover that it just isnt the Achilles tendon that led to both Thomas and Holm's success. The text states, "Neither Ishikawa nor Hunet would suggest the sole secret to the jumping success of Holm and Thomas is their Achilles tendons. (Epstein).
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