A very interesting interview
on Championat.ru - Google translation
- with Tarpi and Peter Lidov, head of the Federation Medical Commission, about the program in Russia to determine, through genetic analysis, the aptitude of children for certain sports, as well as their long-term health prospects.
Bits about Kolya and Marat:
CHAMPIONAT: That's about Nikolay Davydenko tennis experts had said that he had no skills and data. Due to what he plays? And he took, and won the final tournament in London, having Federer!
LIDOV: About the genotype Davydenko, frankly, I do not know anything, so I can not say anything.
CHAMPIONAT: So after all, how do you find tennis among other children?
LIDOV: We attribute them to the gene of the middle peasants - distance runner. This is the best tennis genotype. This is in physics. With regard to the genes of motivation - they are under investigation. But some of use have appeared. For example, there is a category of people who do physical exercises cause surge of happiness. They can easily catch the courage, physical exercise for these people is something fantastically beautiful, and they can not live without it. These people only 10 percent, and our task - to find them.
CHAMPIONAT: Probably, Marat Safin, sooner completed a career, was not included in these 10 per cent.
LIDOV: Quite possibly.
"The genotype Davydenko"! According to this article
- originally in Spanish
- Kolya's a "brave hamster among giants".
For another perspective on this subject, an excellent article
from the NY Times 2007, "How to Grow a Super Athlete".
What is talent? It's a big question, and one way to approach it is to look at the places where talent seems to be located ...
Canada, for instance, is predictably cluttered with hockey players, but significant concentrations also pop up in Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic. The United States accounts for many of the top players in women's golf, but South Korea has just as many. Baseball stars are generously sprinkled across the southern United States but the postage-stamp-size Dominican Republic isn't far behind. In women's tennis, we see a dispersal around Europe and the United States, then a dazzling, concentrated burst in Moscow.
The pattern keeps repeating: general scatterings accompanied by a number of dense, unexpected crowdings. The pattern is obviously not random, nor can it be fully explained by gene pools or climate or geopolitics or Nike's global marketing budget. Rather, the pattern looks like algae starting to grow on an aquarium wall, telltale clumps that show something is quietly alive, communicating, blooming ...