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However, we've heard the stories of Usain Bolt running with untied shoelaces, eating chicken nuggets in preparation for big races which he has subsequently won. I'm pretty sure if most people followed this routine, then it would hinder their performance, but for Bolt, it doesn't really matter. So, it makes me wonder if Bolt and other excellent athletes are genetically predisposed to being athletes in the first place? And if this is true, then how impressive are they? Are athletes actually superhuman or are they genetically fortunate to possess the raw materials to become such a success? I suppose it is similar like being a genius at physics or music - some of us are just born to do it.
I don't want to seem like I am devaluing the achievements of athletes, because I think athletes are pretty amazing and deserve their places on the Olympic stage. However, I wonder whether other people view them as superhuman achievers who just work hard at what they do or are in possession of the raw minerals to achieve such heights. I suspect it is a mix of both.