Mmmhmmmm so you think everything Manfred and TheMe are saying is bunk? Or you still believe that guy is really fast because if his race?
There are lots of black people I can outrun right now, regardless of what country they're from. Also plenty that could beat me at every distance raced.
But I could never beat Bolt in 100m. Even if I was carefully trained by my parents + multiple former track stars from the moment I was able. I'm not sure that would even get me under 10s. I'd be faster than now, but not enough to compete with Olympic sprinters, nearly all of whom also worked very hard and continue to do so.
Speed is partially a genetic trait, like many others. "Race" doesn't automatically mean you are fast or slow. Genetics are more complicated than that. Bolt wouldn't be nearly so good at marathons or even running 1 mile as he is at 100m.
I mean, it's the racist right that insists people are "naturally" racist.
Would be best if people stopped constantly trying to prove them right.
Its not put down to his ethnicity is it?
Lots of speculation about how much help Usain Bolt gets from his Jamaican genes though.
Ultimately, yes it is. People call others "white" while often completely ignoring their ethnicity, to the point of not considering it in the first place. Yet when it comes to potential, disposition for some diseases and not others it's just as relevant despite being ignored. Most of us could never match someone like Don Beebe at sprinting either, for the same reason we can't match Bolt.
75% of Jamaicans and 70% of Americans have that gene but most of them aren't Olympic class sprinters.
There is not one "sprinter" gene lol.
That isn't untrue. There's a persistent tendency to attribute the success of star athletes can be attributed to some genetic fluke, and that can sometimes appear to undermine the achievements of these athletes.
I wouldn't go that far. Many more people have the talent than attain success. But the monstrous differences in physical ability are usually apparent by high school already. I went to HS with future NFL players. Before being considered adults, they could leg press > 1000 pounds and squat > 500 already. They could rep 315 in sets of 8 in bench press, and power clean the same amount. All while still being ~10s at 100m sprints. It takes more than hard work to get there, but they would never have gotten there without said work. And it's not easy to do that work.
The overwhelming majority of high school students, even boys, will not approach those numbers in their entire lifetime. Even if they exercise with high intensity regularly.
Yet the pros bodies continue to develop from there. The stuff they do in HS is weak compared to the stuff they can do as adults, even though they've already surpassed the point most adults ever reach as adolescents. Such is life.
So you actually don't believe in race realism?
It doesn't/can't work, individual differences within any one arbitrary "race" stratification are too great/have higher variety than differences between "races". Genetics does inform peoples' potential, but you can't make accurate predictions about a person OR their genetic makeup by knowing their "race". At best you might get some prevalence rates (IE people from this area are more likely to have X disease and less likely to have Y), but even that just informs what you look at first.
Yes, I'm totally with @AmazonQueen
, genetics only seem to be brought up when it's a non-white person. Like she said, when Michael Phelps is dominating, and people are wondering about his talent, how often did you see people exploring "What's his genetic background that gives him such an advantage?" It just doesn't seem to happen.
Actually, it has. For Phelps specifically even.
Pro athletics is littered with people who have both genetic talent and work to maximize it. You need both or you're not going to be there.
But not attributing his success to race afaik.
I didn't attribute Bolt's success to race either, but somehow that came up anyway when I used him as an example. Nevermind that only a tiny percentage of people in the world regardless of race have that level of potential.