The Sports Gene

The Sports Gene

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  • On January 19, 2006, Donald Thomas made a bet with Carlos Mattis, Lindenwood's top high jumper. The bet was to see if Thomas can clear 6'6"in high jump competition (Epstein 5).
  • After Thomas went to get his sneakers, while Mattis sets the bar to 6'6". Thomas cleared it but the bar didn't come down with him, so Mattis pushed the bar to 6'8". Thomas cleared it 7 feet. Then Mattis rushed him to the head coach and got him a late entry into a meet (Epstein 5).
  • Two days later, Thomas cleared the bar 6'8.25" and qualified for the national championships. Later he cleared it 7'0.25" and broke the Lindenwood University. Then Thomas cleared 7'3.25" a Lantz Indoor Fieldhouse record (Epstein 5-6 )
  • Thomas goes against Stefan Holm. Holm prayed that he'd beat Thomas. Thomas ended up raising the bar 8'2" and was crowned the 2007 world champion (Epstein 7)
  • In 2008 scientists did examinations on Thomas and they realized he was gifted with big Achilles Tendon. They're not only important in humans but in animals too. Achilles Tendon gives a power called the "stretch shortening cycle". People use velocity to compress the tendon just like a spring (Epstein 7).
  • Thomas only entered because of a bet but Holm spent 20 years in the making. In that little time Thomas had accomplished more than he had. Sadly, in the past 6 years Thomas has not progressed at all (Epstein 8).
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