Here’s Why You’re Not an Elite Athlete

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Shawn Johnson qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2008. She went on to win gold for the balance beam in Beijing. Her secret: a ton of luck. (Photo: Nick Laham/Staff)

Season 8, Episode 5

There are a lot of factors that go into greatness, many of which are not obvious. A variety of Olympic and professional athletes tell us how they made it and what they sacrificed to get there. And if you can identify the sport most likely to get a kid into a top college — well then, touché! (Ep. 3 of “The Hidden Side of Sports” series.)

To find out more, check out the podcast from which this hour was drawn: “Here’s Why You’re Not an Elite Athlete.”