David Epstein

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

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Filmed Jan 2014 at TED2014
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When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.

David Epstein
/ Sports science reporter

David Epstein is an investigative reporter who covers the wide-open space where sports, science and medicine overlap.  Full bio.

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