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Talent vs. Training in Runners

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3 Responses to “Talent vs. Training in Runners”

  1. August 1st, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Dennis Stonehocker says:

    Mike, How do you identify or define ‘talent’? Are you looking at individuals who are already elite? If so, then is this not just some type of circular argument? I know what you are saying and I have always wondered about this also, but until someone can define talent outside the realm of success I feel that this will always be an allusive endeavor.


  2. August 1st, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Michael Joyner, M.D. says:

    Dennis, the other issue here is whether the ability to focus and practice is a talent and also the ability to respond to training. Mike

  3. August 1st, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Dennis Stonehocker says:

    Mike, Yes I agree. Take Nick Johnson. He is a slightly better than average shooter, has a good work ethic but what sets him apart as an elite athlete are the genes he inherited from dad Jumpin Joey. Without those genes he would be just another good Div 1 player but no NBA prospect. The unknown here though is why his brother Chris doesn’t have the same jumping ability. I still think that the genetic component is a better predictor of talent and may outweigh training at the elite levels of competition.

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