Episode 172: Interview with the author of “The Sports Gene,” David Epstein

Jason and Kevin are joined by writer David Epstein to discuss Epstein’s first book, “The Sports Gene.”  David touches on a wide range of topics including:
-How much of Kenyan dominance in distance running is attributed to genetics?
-Why Jamaican success in sprinting has a foundation in both nature and nurture?
-What impact trainability will have on the coaching profession?
-Why the definition of “talent” is more complex than anticipated?
David also discusses the current doping cases of Sherone Simpson, Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell and handicaps a 600-meter race between himself and Malcolm Gladwell.

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