There is always a case of a child in sports that seems almost super human for their age. Look at the Minnesota Gopher's hockey team. Kyle Rau is only a freshman yet is a 1st line starter. Travis Boyd is a 2nd line player as a freshman, but he is the age of a high school senior. How did these players get so good? Is it a matter of their physical and genetic qualities? Or is it all due to the fact that they train harder than all the other hockey players that try to play at a D-1 school? The answer is hard to come by, but it could be a result of either or, or a combination of the two. Take for example Micheal Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. He did not make his high school basketball team for the reasons of being too short and not having the skills necessary to play at that level. The next year Jordan grew 4 inches. That took care of the height issue but what about the skills issue? Jordan practiced more in the off season than any other player and made the team. This is more of an example of how nurture prevailed. Sure Jordan grew 4 inches, but if he hadn't have practiced and been coached he never would have developed the skills to become that great basketball player. There is also the case of Usain Bolt. A freak of nature that shatters records in sprints. "Bolt was born fast though". He does not have to train for the as much as other athletes and he will still win. This is the example nature prevailing. Can you figure out the answer to the question, are great athletes born or made?
Are Great Athletes Born or Made?
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