Hi everyone,

DC Tri Club has an upcoming book discussion on David Epstein’s "The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance" on what makes an athlete excel, whether it's nature vs nuture. Thought it might be of interest to some folks on the forum.

"Nature v. Nurture – or what makes an excellent athlete excel – it’s a never-ending debate among athletes for generations, and we’re interested in hearing your thoughts on this topic after reading “The Sports Gene” by David Epstein. Epstein, a former college runner, is well-known as a Sports Illustrated writer with a special interest in sports science, including the science of athletic performance.

In this book, Epstein brings scientific evidence, case studies, and fresh perspectives on the athletic nature-nurture debate in a manner that’s easily accessible to the non-scientific reader. In reviewing the importance of practice versus genetics, for example, Epstein uses the tech analogy of software and hardware to deliver some key points. He also shares interesting studies on such mental toughness attributes as motivation, commitment, and determination – all of which may be considered both innate talents and a skills that can be developed."

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