Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice

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Essential reading following an astounding summer of sport; if you’ve ever wondered what makes a champion, Bounce has the answer. What are the true secrets of sporting success, and what lessons do they offer about life? Why doesn’t Tiger Woods “choke”? Why are the most productive figure skaters those that have fallen over the most and why has one small street in Reading produced more top table tennis players than the remainder of the country put together. Two-time Olympian and sports creator and broadcaster Matthew Syed draws on the recent in neuroscience and psychology to uncover the secrets of our top athletes and introduces us to an unusual cast of characters, including the East German athlete who became a man, and her husband – and the three Hungarian sisters who are all chess grandmasters., Bounce is crammed with fascinating stories and statistics. Taking a look at controversial questions such as whether talent is more important than practice, drugs in sport (and life) and whether black people truly are faster runners, the mind-bending Bounce is a should-read for the hardened sports nut or modern convert.

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