the sports gene

the sports gene

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  • January 19,2006, Donald Thomas was bragging about his hops. Thomas was later challenged by Carlos Mattis, which lead to a high jumping competition (Epstein 5).
  • After Thomas cleared 7ft. Mattis informed the coach and the coach asked the meet organizer for a late entry (Epstein 5).
  • Thomas broke a new Lindenwood University record and placed 4th in a world class field (Epstein 6).
  • In August 2007, with 8 months of training Thomas traveled to Osaka for the world championships and advanced easily to the final (Epstein 6).
  • Finals
  • Early in the competition Holm was clearing every bar he jumped while Thomas was doing some hits and misses, eventually Thomas cleared 7'8.5 (Epstein 6).
  • Thomas, who thought high jumping was "boring" was crowned 2007 world champion (Epstein 7).
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