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January 19,2006, Thomas was sitting in the cafeteria at the Lindenwood University in Saint Charles. Mattis Lindenwood's top high jumper was done with Thomas bragging about he could apparently jump higher than Mattis. Mattis was mad and bet Thomas that he couldn't clear a 6'6 bar.(Epstein page 5)
Thomas rushed home to get a pair of sneakers, to prove Mattis wrong. Once Thomas arrived, Mattis had the bar at 6'6 ready for Thomas. The moment Mattis was proved wrong, he told Thomas he had to show the track coach.(Epstein page 5)
Mattis and Thomas went to meet up with the coach, to show the coach Thomas was a good jumper. While Thomas was getting ready coach was telling mattis he didn't believe he could jump the 6'6 bar.(Epstein page 5-6)
The components were mad at the fact that they trained for so long and Thomas still beat them. Nobody liked that Thomas won, the coach was shocked Thomas beat the components who trained for so long. After coach spoke to Thomas telling him that if he continued doing that good he could beat the world record, coach let Thomas know that a scientist wanted to study his his long legs.(Epstein page 6)
The scientist told Thomas he was gifted with a giants Achilles tendon, the scientist also said that a longer Achilles tendon allows an athlete to get more power from what's called the "stretch shortening cycle". The Achilles tendon was found that its very important in jumping, and not just in humans.
Thomas trained for six years and has not improved a single bit since he entered the professional circuit 0
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