In a few years, we’ll look back at the Sochi Olympics as the last one where being chosen as an Olympic athlete was something involving lots of athleticism, a bit of luck, and, yes, sometimes a bit of politics. Because at least one country, Uzbekistan, has announced that they’re going to start genetically screening children in order to groom them as Olympic athletes.
Or maybe we won’t, because their plan probably isn’t going to work, and experts say Uzbekistan’s time and energy is being misplaced.
The best child athletes are often the ones who are further along developmentally, not the ones who will grow up to be the best athletes.
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