Every high school has its star athletes who are so good it seems like they were born to throw a football, run the 100-meter dash or swing a baseball bat. The sports writer David Epstein has spent a lot of time around exceptional athletes, and he started to wonder if their skills were the result of freak genetic programming or just lots and lots of practice. Epstein has written a new book that examines the science of extraordinary athletic performance and he joins us Thursday to talk about it.
David Epstein is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, where he covers sports, science, medicine and Olympic sports. His new book is called The Sports gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance [Amazon|Indiebound].