I know a few people carrying similar characteristics…but unfortunately they havent had the psychology to take it anywhere…
Psychology is another very important factor.
Perhaps ‘opportunity’ could be considered, while sometimes it is in your control and other times out of your control. However this might not be a part of your genes, it could be a result of your socialisation as a young person.
I think it was Michael Johnson who said something along the lines of:
“The event chooses the athlete, not the other way around.”
I personally reckon there’s an event for everyone in track and field – if you’re 6’6" and gain weight real easy, then you’d probably be a good shot-putter. If you’re some decent height and have those fast-twitch fibres, then you’d probably make a good sprinter. If you’re lanky and thin, maybe a 400m/800m/400m hurdler?
The most important thing IMHO is to remain healthy! That is a combination of genetics and intelligent training…
I am talking about things that you can realistically change now to make a dramatic change. I love epigenetics and a lot of other things, but realistically, you got a college guy, how are you going to improve his performance? Get him stronger, more fit, doing plenty of speed work, good nutritional habits, etc. or trying to make genomic changes?
Biomechanics is my worst subject but… you notice how Cheetah’s and Kangeroos lower leg is like the foot and the actual foot like the toes, and obviously they get the best use of their achilles… just a thought