Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger? | David Epstein

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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.

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Squirmy and Grubs
Squirmy and Grubs 4 anos atrás
I was born with a muscle-wasting disease called spinal muscular atrophy. Basically: every muscle in my body gets weaker as I get older. I’m 26, and until very recently, many with my disease typically passed away in their 30s and 40s. Last year, the first-ever treatment for my disease was discovered and approved by the FDA, a profound event that permanently changed the trajectory of my future. I can’t properly describe the flood of joyous relief I felt when I received the news. I’ve been on the drug for about a year now, which means I’m no longer getting weaker, and even, dare I say it, slowly gaining back some of the strength and ability I’ve lost over the years. A month or two ago, I sat up unassisted for the first time since childhood, and you better believe that felt just as exhilarating as breaking the record for fastest mile or lifting ten billion pounds on the bench press. Idk I just wanted to share with you after watching this! TL;DR Man in wheelchair is basically an athlete.
LaticusLad 3 meses atrás
How are you doing now?
VZ A 4 meses atrás
Happy for you
Bunsenn 6 meses atrás
I’d salute this absolute unit if I saw him in the gym. I’ve seen what that condition does to people, and it’s amazing that you were able to find relief and begin the road to recovery.
Roman58sm 6 meses atrás
dude u takin test
Some Random
Some Random 7 meses atrás
I definitely wasn’t expecting to see you here. Awesome news, I hope you keep getting stronger.
Aero FPV
Aero FPV 4 anos atrás
My goodness .. this dude didn't even stutter and I don't even know if he took a breath. Spectacular speaking athlete.
Cayden Devine
Cayden Devine 8 dias atrás
Greer 2 meses atrás
Because he is speaking from knowledge that he has studied. Not from notes duh
He's an athlete
Samuel Brunkow
Samuel Brunkow Anos atrás
He was actually scouted at a very young age for his lung capacity and strong throat muscles. His lungs go all the way into his pelvis. It proves his talking points!
TandemKnights 3 anos atrás
Brilliant. Direct, concise delivery of essential information, perfect visuals and a hint of humor. Well done!
2011hwalker 4 meses atrás
He is dead wrong at 14:02 though. Killian Jornet is an absolute freak, he has an "astronomical VO2 Max of 92 ml/min/kg, which is among the highest levels ever recorded"
Levi 3 anos atrás
Everyone talking about how good a speaker he is, but I'm just amazed at that powerpoint.
PriscillaGaming Anos atrás
Christian Anos atrás
@Khaison Duong A bit late but for future commenter. Yes it can. I think he got the premium plan to remove the logo.
E. Anos atrás
So is George Russell
Bejay Mandaya
Bejay Mandaya 2 anos atrás
So me 😹
Borealis 2 anos atrás
Same. That PowerPoint was 🔥🔥🔥. Whoever helped him create that. Bravo. Presentation would not have been the same without it.
Carlos Guerra
Carlos Guerra 3 anos atrás
THIS DUDE IS PERFECT!!! WHAT A PRESENTATION! He was genuinely so funny!! Every second of this was informative! Thank you so so much!
Alex Lee
Alex Lee 2 meses atrás
he took his own advice but in picking the on what to work on.
Casz1337 2 anos atrás
Not sure whether you are being sarcastic or not.
Gaming Superhero
Gaming Superhero 3 anos atrás
@EpicBunty LMAO
Kodjo osiemsześć
Kodjo osiemsześć 3 anos atrás
That is, by far, the best TED talk I've ever seen. A lot of well interpreted statistics, great animations beetween the slides and the world class speaker delivering it. And at the top of it all, it was really interesting.
SheepGoesMoo 4 anos atrás
This is what education truly is. Authentic learning. His presentation is so superb that the viewer becomes interested in his presentation. Authentic learning is when we humans want to learn. Learning in school for me isnt authentic learning because I dont want to learn, I know I have to. He got me engrossed in his presentation thus learning something new. Thats something not anyone can do but exceptional individuals like him.
Jon Dovik
Jon Dovik 3 anos atrás
Its something interesthing tho, how can he make Law interesthing? Superb Presentations anyway.
HEFE 3 anos atrás
When you realize that “learning” isn’t just about books, speeches, nerds, and studying ; but rather fully extends as experience , observation, creativeness and imagination - Upon realization you no longer are a padawan, young Cakey
Moi Delgado
Moi Delgado 3 anos atrás
Justin James you have a good brain👍
PauseStompers 4 anos atrás
"I'm gay"
A Buzzed Whaler
A Buzzed Whaler 4 anos atrás
This guy is incredibly confident. Great speech.
Marist Old Boys
Marist Old Boys 3 anos atrás
I like this cunning linguist.
Eudis 3 anos atrás
humanISvegan You are the nonsensical one. How is he jealous? Didn't he provide you enough scientific explanations through this entire video? What are you even talking about?
sundigest11 3 anos atrás
humanISvegan why are you so mad lol? he did provide scientific evidence what are you even talking about?? are how is he jealous?
Paul S
Paul S 3 anos atrás
I love TED talks. So many varied topics and always very informative.
Smokey Joe
Smokey Joe 3 anos atrás
4:02 - "Sir Roger Bannister... who trained for 45 minutes at a time while he skipped gynecology lectures in med school." Wow. I'm speechless.
Ryan Dunn
Ryan Dunn 5 dias atrás
Did anyone catch the fact he's talking about Bannister at 4:00?!?! This dude's playing chess.
Christopher Harnish
Christopher Harnish 3 anos atrás
Actually, that's a myth. Bannister did a lot of training late a night when no one else knew.
PongoXBongo 3 anos atrás
@David Varnes I would imagine a lot of what they study is diseased, damaged, or deformed...not exactly sexy.
Redsock 3 anos atrás
@Scott Bickerton Plenty of convictions of gynaecologist engaging in sexual crimes with their patients. The rate of male gynaecologists has gone down in recent times. Possibly due to not having the sort of privileges that someone like David Varnes fantasizes about and also because the good male gynaecologist don't want to be associated with the idea of male doctors who act according to David Varnes' line of behavior. We'd all do better remembering that humans are common descendants of animals and when sexual deviancy is possible, it should be assumed that at one point it will or will have already occurred in a population of humans.
Scott Bickerton
Scott Bickerton 3 anos atrás
I dont know why people think there is something sexy about that. Its about the least sexy thing in medicine. No one is thinking about that while doing that stuff.
Me0wMe0wMan 3 anos atrás
As a human race, we don’t improve how good of a job we do, we just make the job easier
88marome 10 dias atrás
We're also making things harder for ourselves. Capitalistic bureaucracy to increase profit is a thing, and overproduction of unecessary products are harming our climate which in turn harms us.
Brightsun Singh
Brightsun Singh 9 meses atrás
@JoyfulZero I think only the British say it with an of
Maximus0608 Anos atrás
@JoyfulZero many of us americans tend to have a "lazier" form of speaking in casual conversation, so saying "how good a..." would be more common. "how good of a..." is actually the proper phrase, and the one that I personally prefer to use - mostly because I'm a stickler for precise language.
JoyfulZero Anos atrás
Assuming you are American I have never understood why many Americans say "... how good of a..." instead of just " good a..."
Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith 3 meses atrás
As close to perfect of a informative presentation as you'll get Everything was on point & gave a much better understanding on why things are where there at today
Shiun Horng Saw
Shiun Horng Saw 6 anos atrás
This guy is a master presenter. One of the best
The Peppers
The Peppers 4 anos atrás
I agree. Must have participated in theater or speech at a younger age. Or he has a complete disconnect with stage fright.
A.J. Hart
A.J. Hart 4 anos atrás
LAS: The two issues are unrelated.
Lasith Dissanayake
Lasith Dissanayake 4 anos atrás
jon doe ehh i wonder if you’d have the guts to do the same thing
thedeathcake 4 anos atrás
Totally agree
JoJoNerdz 4 anos atrás
That was actually a good talk, very intresting and informative!
Maverick Anos atrás
he did his homework
Keyt Kim
Keyt Kim 3 anos atrás
humanISvegan how smart can u be then?🤔
Antonio Ming Rondinella
It would have been interesting to hear about how nutrition has gotten far better in the modern era, making us grow larger etc.
Mark Lucking
Mark Lucking 3 anos atrás
This guy has really done his home work, and as already mentioned is a machine gun speaker... almost no pauses, just fire, fire, fire... if there was an olymipics for speakers he might be in it.
Max Durk
Max Durk Anos atrás
Well, he's written a pretty genius sports book
declup 3 anos atrás
One of the most engaging presentations I've seen. My appreciation, David Epstein.
asaf virin
asaf virin 2 anos atrás
This video was hands down the best, most informative, most engaging Ted talk I have ever watched, this man is an amazing speaker and that PowerPoint was just wow.
Michael Anthony
Michael Anthony 5 anos atrás
One thing he doesn't mention is that Jessie Owens time was hand-timed whereas today it's handled by computers. Hand-times can vary wildly especially in a sport where the difference between first and second can be .01 of a second.
Tajaun Anos atrás
@grzlbr Yes, that was a stupid thing to say because Carl Lewis admitted himself that he was caught thrice. You can make the argument that they are all on dope if you must, but to say Carl Lewis is the clean one is downright absurd.
Tajaun Anos atrás
And if you think Jamaica's rise to track and field dominance was a fluke, you should know that three Jamaican born and bred athletes running under other flags won the 100m Olympic finals in a row- Ben Johnson (who was caught doping and ironically had to hand over his medal to self-proclaimed doper, Carl Lewis😂😂), Linford Christie and then Donovan Bailey.
Tajaun Anos atrás
@Nexus_AOR Thank you. He himself said he was allowed to compete by USADA depite failing 3 drug tests.
Carla del Agua
Carla del Agua 4 anos atrás
Amazing talk! So much information packed in and delivered flawlessly! Thanks!
MassiveGat 4 anos atrás
I think it just goes to show how stellar and concise this guys presentation is to get me to watch a 15 minute speech about a topic I otherwise wouldn't care about. Job well done, this was a very enjoyable video!
automan7419 Anos atrás
This guy trained most of his life and finally broke all previous records and took Gold in 2014 for presentation. No performance enhancement drugs taken. Outstanding!
GRAYgoose124 4 anos atrás
I love the imagination aspect,, by literally believing we can, we physically do. So cool to think how much our mindset makes a difference and this example is the perfect juxtaposition of the mind-body control duality.
Gwendolyn de Ashborough, PhD.
What an amazing Lecture. This talk can be broken into so many subsections to discuss: Advances in brain activity, the decrease in the aging process, the effects athletics has had on the female physique.
Feakos 4 anos atrás
My personal record for running the mile is 300 meters.
Coach Whillock
Coach Whillock Anos atrás
Hahahaha this is brilliant
Guillaume Loinard
Guillaume Loinard 3 anos atrás
Justas 3 anos atrás
FirmMan 3 anos atrás
is that really your best feet?
Maria Haritopoulos
Maria Haritopoulos 3 anos atrás
gavrielgavriel 2 anos atrás
To be honest this is the best lecture on sport I have ever heard. I always thought like this, but I was never able to give as many examples. All of them are the simple laws of physics, but there's too much buzz about the athletes as THE REAL FIGHTERS AND THE REAL WINNERS therefore I was shy to speak. There's definitely a great significance of this lecture more for those people who are no winners at all but they know the value of sport and practice it all the time. They are always under some pressure of those "tough guys"="champions"="winners" I always looks at as jokes)))) I practice sport for all my life and I'm 49 now and this lecture lets me laugh at them even more. G-d gave you the body so run, but don't tell me that since you run faster you exert yourself more, you are kind more of the human. You have the better physics))))))))))))))
Joe Boyle
Joe Boyle Anos atrás
One of the best posts Ive ever seen !! Some of these insights have occurred to me, but nothing close to what this man has revealed . Social factors, economic factors, probablities of physical traits within populations...amazing !!! So glad I watched this. And Ive shared it to those I know who are interested !
Dan McCurry
Dan McCurry 3 anos atrás
Interesting subject matter and captivating speaker. Mr Epstein sure cleared up some of the myth's and fables about athletes in competitive sports and history!
Ian DePalmer
Ian DePalmer 3 anos atrás
This man is incredible...such a good speaker and presenter, wow!
Joseph Munoz
Joseph Munoz 3 anos atrás
I used to be able to run a mile in a low six if not a high 5 pushing it, but this was back in Jr. High and high school almost naturally. (I was an active kid in many athletics.) I'm 27 and left regular exercise behind. It'll take some real dedication to get back there.
Chrome Runner
Chrome Runner 5 anos atrás
This is a whole lot more educational than I thought it was going to be
Gerardo 4 anos atrás
JD Redwine
JD Redwine 4 anos atrás
As I have always said, everyone can be an athlete, but not everyone can be a basketball player, a sprinter, a swimmer, or a marathon runner. It is all about understanding your genetics, hard work, and a small amount of luck.
Jeffery Pinley
Jeffery Pinley 4 anos atrás
I would like to see this concept discussed on elite level rock climbing. 30 years ago there were routes that took top level climbers dozens of tries and years of training to climb, nowadays the elite climbers can do them in one try.
Kenneth Anderson
Kenneth Anderson 3 anos atrás
This guy really spaced on one of the greatest technological to sports advancement improvements of all time. PROv1 and how it changed the game of golf forever. In 2001, it added 6 yards to the average drive.
Brejrin 4 anos atrás
So informative and wonderfully presented! Well done to you sir!
Jñananinja 3 anos atrás
This is really well presented and has some super interesting facts and stats. He could have easily included climbing as a sport that has benefited enormously from technological innovation. Imagine Alex Honnold trying to solo El Cap without chalk or proper rubberized climbing shoes.. Or even the modern emergence of climbing gyms that make intense training (on specially designed walls and holds) available to so many people who dont have sufficient rock near by. This speaker's body type analysis was fascinating. Check out Adam Ondra's video where he analyzes the best body type for climbing, including his own. And its not what you think! A huge arm span/reach or "ape index" may seem advantageous for a climber but there is a significant loss of leverage and strength. Ondra's I believe is only 1cm..!
Hamza Tahir
Hamza Tahir 7 anos atrás
His presentation of the topic was exquisite
joecoolmccall 4 anos atrás
Kenyans weren't invited, but they wouldn't have won either. It took time for them to catch up and then to win, and then dominate.
McGrath Bissaillon
McGrath Bissaillon 4 anos atrás
He forgot to mention how intellectually gifted Jewish people are
1CoLoRz2 4 anos atrás
Innuendo P Check again ;)
Innuendo P
Innuendo P 4 anos atrás
1CoLoRz2 why because yours has none
1CoLoRz2 5 anos atrás
Myes rather. Twas quite the spectacle. I cringed at your comment and how many upvotes it has.
Shaurya Singh
Shaurya Singh 4 anos atrás
Greatest public speaker ever! Very informative and excellent presentation
steven cooke
steven cooke 4 anos atrás
Probably my favourite Ted Talk, along with the gentleman who responded to Spammers. Profoundly interesting and informative.
nigefal 3 anos atrás
This fella would run rings around most other TED talks excellent stuff - interesting, funny, well researched and well presented.
Steve Padgett
Steve Padgett 4 anos atrás
Recent world records in the marathon 2:03:38 Patrick Makau Kenya September 25, 2011 2:03:23 Wilson Kipsang Kenya September 29, 2013 2:02:57 Dennis Kimetto Kenya September 28, 2014 2:01:39 Eliud Kipchoge Kenya September 16, 2018 ... from population the size of suburban Atlanta...
Lilah Wheeler
Lilah Wheeler 3 anos atrás
Thanks Steve
Your Internet Friend
Your Internet Friend 3 anos atrás
@Jim Waxer > No one knows any of the top distance runners in the US. Why would they be popular when the Kenyans break all the records. ;-)
Jim Waxer
Jim Waxer 3 anos atrás
@Your Internet Friend Winning a major marathon is like winning the super bowl in Kenya. No one knows any of the top distance runners in the US. The success Kenya has had has led to a positive feedback loop where they have the talent and it is rewarded by their culture. In the US one of the top runners is Galen Rupp. It was luck that he was discovered by Alberto Salazar who has coached him to be successful. If Salazar did not take him under his wing, he may have ended up a decent soccer player or a decent runner. It was luck that he had high level coaching and environment where he could see how good he could get. Maybe there are others out there like him who can be more competitive with the East Africans? We are looking for people at the very tail end of a distribution. Kenya has more talent and deeper talent. But it takes hard work to be one of the best in the world. If distance running had the same prestige and payouts as say the NFL, we would surely find more Galen Rupps that ended up playing soccer or were mediocre basketball or tennis players. Kenya would still have more depth but the US would be more competitive.
Your Internet Friend
Your Internet Friend 3 anos atrás
@Vincent DiLallo lol
Vincent DiLallo
Vincent DiLallo 3 anos atrás
@Your Internet Friend - "Winning sports competitions is also highly valued in western cultures. You are absolutely downplaying genetics." Absolutely one of the most common sense and logical arguments I have seen in a long time concerning this issue. Now go away sir, this is BRvid, your intellect doesn't belong here.
Terence Black
Terence Black 3 anos atrás
This guy knows what he's talking about, and it shows. I really loved seeing his presentation, albeit I'm late.
Evan Brown
Evan Brown 5 anos atrás
"if you know someone who is 7 feet tall, there is a 17% chance that they play in the NBA." thats pretty cool
AK 12
AK 12 9 meses atrás
U mean in usa
The Man
The Man Anos atrás
@Jerry Smooth what do you mean
The Man
The Man Anos atrás
@Glenn V what? No one is identical everyone has different traits, Advantages and disadvantages wtf do you mean
treelo_the_first 3 anos atrás
Alex Lowy yea you also have good points there. I’m sure the original 17% statistic is an exaggerated number from some generous rounding and small sample sizes
Alex Lowy
Alex Lowy 3 anos atrás
@treelo_the_first Very good points. I agree with you in principle, but I would be shocked if the numbers are that high. Even if an NBA player had 10 kids, it's highly unlikely that 2 would go on to play in the NBA and another 4 would succeed at the College + + levels. That would be rare. And these people have no other genetic advantage working for them! But you make some good points.
J Lester
J Lester 4 anos atrás
Great presentation. Brings to light technology's contribution to the human element's ability to progress.
Bleboo Richard
Bleboo Richard 4 anos atrás
Great speaker, great message and very confident. Thumbs up
Joaquin Armando
Joaquin Armando 3 anos atrás
Una de las mejores charlas de TED que he visto.
nubianfx 4 anos atrás
there are so many brilliant ted talks out here.. just the best of humanity on display. Gets me every time
james quilter
james quilter 3 anos atrás
I’d be far more impressed if he spoke about performance enhancing drugs in sports and the impact they have had on athletic performance. He should also explain the parameters and methods of how testing is conducted in all sports.
Brian 4 anos atrás
You can see it in basketball easily. Pg's are usually always 6'1-6'4 and quick. Centers are usually 6'10-7'2 and lumbering. Different expectations of gameplay require different body types. Being tall hurts dribbling, being to short hurts rebounding. Specialized skills for socialized body types.
jay Bro
jay Bro 4 anos atrás
ORagnar I know I’m just trolling..wilt was good. But being dominant is hard to say. Shaq powered his way through buckets. Superior athleticism for a 7ft 320 lb frame. Even Orlando was ridiculous. By laker shaq was amazing
ORagnar 4 anos atrás
jay Bro -- You have a strong prejudice against players from earlier eras. The truth is, Wilt was more talented than Shaq. Wilt was as scoring machine unlike anyone else. The only player to score 100 points. He's scored 50 or more way more than any other player, including Jordan. WAY more. He had great strength, yet played a finesse game. He never fouled out of a game. He is the only center in NBA history to lead the league in assists. He has more rebounds than any other player. Wilt was probably the greatest player ever. He also played exhibitions against many of the show time Lakers and he dominated them, by blocking all of their shots.
jay Bro
jay Bro 4 anos atrás
ORagnar wilts actual Skills are trash..shaq would dominate him in the paint offensively. When wilt played in the 1800,s there were NO defenders besides Bill Russell. But it’s not like he’s playing bill every week. Bill Russell, excellent player, skilled on both ends of the floor, he would be a great player in any era. But talking dominant types, wilt is NOT dominant in the 90s. Kareem, less points n less dominant. They were great in their eras where no one was really a competition for them. You’re telling me wilt can guard Shaqs drop step?’re telling me wilts ugly jump shot n post moves would work against Mutumbo, Patrick Ewing and David Robinson type of defense. Guys that would actually give u a fight in the paint, including shaq himself..just 🛑 lol
jay Bro
jay Bro 4 anos atrás
ORagnar wilt was STRONG but his u orthodox OLD style wouldn’t do well in Shaqs era. He was great for his time. But put 70’s wilt skills against shaqs 90’s/2000’s skills and players, wilt wouldn’t be that dominate. Kareem will get his buckets but would never dominate like that today’s era. 20,000 of those points wouldn’t exist. Yea he played against Mike, but he was already old, but not dominating. His domination was pre mike era. Kareem would be in top 10 in scoring but not leading in 1st by that huge margin. Magic is a QB, but I would take this warriors team 4-1 in a finals series. I don’t see the lake show having an answer on both ends.
ORagnar 4 anos atrás
jay Bro "I know humans evolve but if Kareem’s skill set was put into today’s game he wouldn’t even be able to keep up." I have to disagree with you. Nobody had an answer for Kareem's skyhook. Remember, Kareem had a long career and played against a lot of great players. He played against Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. Magic was an awesome passer and he could score. He was sort of like the quarterback for the team. I'd put Wilt up against Shaq or any other player. He was one of a kind. Wilt didn't just have great height. He had speed, hops and great strength and was a scoring machine. He also had a longer wing span than Shaq. But, Shaq was great. No doubt. I think it would be between Shaq and Wilt for who was the strongest in NBA history.
Billy Salvagno
Billy Salvagno 4 anos atrás
Beautiful! I honestly never would have imagined this would be a Tedtalks, what a wonderful peace on Athleticism.
MadMax382 4 anos atrás
Bang on. I've thought the same for years: that increase in performance compared to former years was due to equipment, technology, the fact that more now participate, psychology and professionalism. Jess Owen accomplished his feats, breaking 3-4 world records in half an hour and winning 4 golds in Berlin, while a full time law student with a job and only an hour a day to train. In a college at Cambridge University there's a square coutyard with a perimeter of about a quarter mile. For over 800 years people have tried to run this in the time it takes the clock overlooking it to strike 12. Only one man ever has, and it wasn't Harold Abrahams as shown in Chariots of Fire. (That scene, incidentally, was shot at Eton College near Windsor.) In the early 1980s, Steve Ovett and Seb Coe, at the height of their powers, we're invited to try it in front of press and cameras. Neither could. The man who did it was some student back in 1928. Ninety years ago! At a time when athletes ran for recreation for a few years before they had to settle down to their jobs and raise families. I believe that if you brought those guys into the modern world and gave them all the benefits and advantages of modern training under modern coaches that they'd leave your Bolts and Phelps trailing in their wake.
Lyingriotman 4 meses atrás
@Jackson Matthies Better? Worse? Neither is very likely. Extraordinary talents come and go. It's disheartening to think of all brilliant athletes, scientists, engineers, doctors, and artists who never found their true calling. The people who figure out what they're good at while they're young are the lucky ones, but not necessarily more talented/gifted than others.
Jackson Matthies
Jackson Matthies 4 anos atrás
MadMax382 so u are saying athletes have got worse over time?
jason twist
jason twist 3 anos atrás
This guys speech to breath ratio is top of his athletic class, he's off the charts, for every full sentence his intake of air is at 2% efficiency ratio.
Terza15 4 anos atrás
Amazing presentation! Even though the technology is getting better, we train harder, have much more to win, etc. we got much bigger. We are much much taller than we used to be. This brings us to better results in a lot of things. Look at the size of LeBron James and the way he moves...
BuRi 3 anos atrás
Bloody amazing! Such a great speaker, great use of voice, humour, tonality and cool calm and collective! Such a great use of visual aids but didn't distract from the main topic!
BruSwain TV
BruSwain TV 4 anos atrás
Excellent presentation, very informative!
Top Gurl
Top Gurl 4 anos atrás
Very interesting, informative and positive presentation!!
sicmic 3 anos atrás
This is so interesting and brilliantly presented.
Born Athlete
Born Athlete 3 anos atrás
Out of 5 million views, 1 mn are mine 😅😍 I've seen and shown this video to many of sports students. There are very less good orators in sports. He's amazing ! 🙏
Blackman Blue
Blackman Blue 3 anos atrás
Best content and presentation on TED I've seen! Real science too!
zippy441 4 anos atrás
This guys presentation skills are off the chart!!
27scole 4 anos atrás
Yeah haha he not use a chart, he knows by heart
Conor Phelan
Conor Phelan 4 anos atrás
Yeah, just needs more evidence
broheim 4 anos atrás
Yes, Ashkenazim lack presence and charisma so not surprisingly speech turned out this way. @Osa4729 If this was presented in a youtube video instead of a speech it would have conveyed more information in under 5 minutes. Ultimately little info in this 15 minutes, nothing that couldn't be read in a minute or two.
zippy441 4 anos atrás
@dookdawg214 dookdawg214 I think he did all of that.... with a personality. He speaks fairly quickly which can make you sound a little robotic, but this was 15mins at that pace. But everyone has there own opinions buddy, if you don't like his style of presenting that's your choice.
dookdawg214 4 anos atrás
Seriously? He speaks like a robot. He just reeled off a big memorized script. Don't get me wrong, it was very insightful -- but largely because it was well written. Good presenters take pauses, change tone, move around, throw in a joke her and there. His delivery was crisp and clean, but totally void of personality.
J Mills
J Mills 8 meses atrás
This is my favourite, most watched TED talk
Anne Josse - communication
One of the best talks ever made for a TED. Congrates ! Very inspiring indeed !
Harry 3 anos atrás
We love being entertained and athletes, like their movie star and recording artist brethren, are part of the Entertainment Industry.
Dave 4 anos atrás
Will the idea of idiocracy ever have an effect on competitive sports in either final times/scores or in the amount of people continually able to achieve those goals?
Felix Merz
Felix Merz 3 anos atrás
Incredible presentation style, thanks a lot.
Lian Chang
Lian Chang 4 anos atrás
At the beginning of the presentation, he mentions the 1904 Olympic Marathon. The winning time was the slowest ever to win, and still is, but the 1904 St. Louis Olympic Marathon was completely different from anything ever seen. It's not like the human body was a lot less evolved than it is today. This is what happened. First off, the ideal temperature for running a marathon is about 55 degrees. However, it was run in an adjusted heat of 110 degrees, double that. Secondly, there was only one water break set up for the contestants. This was a well about halfway into the race. This well, however, was full of water from St. Louis, (duh) which most contestants were not accustomed to. This made a lot of the contestants throw up and have intestinal problems. Thirdly, these roads were dirt roads, and not only was it far from ideal for running on, but the dust kicked up caused a contestant to collapse and almost die because of hemorrhaging because the dust literally coated his throat. Furthermore, there were wild dogs around 20 miles in that were chasing the contestants off course. Oh yeah, and one of the contestants' running coaches was driving behind him and yelling at him and refused to give him water. He did, however, give him two bottles of brandy and some strychnine (rat poison). I'm just saying, maybe this marathon was a little different than the other ones, but what do I know. Edit: I realize he mentions the rat poison and brandy, pay attention to the other stuff.
Ben Murphy
Ben Murphy 4 anos atrás
Have you seen the episode of "Pretty Good" about the 1904 marathon? It basically explains everything you said and is one of the best videos I've ever seen.
Ajay pandey
Ajay pandey 4 anos atrás
Mohamad Danish
Mohamad Danish 4 anos atrás
James Keith
James Keith 4 anos atrás
What he is saying, Matu, is that 1904 was an anomaly and not indicative of the marathon times from that era. It's weird to bring up such a bizarre marathon to show the change over time, even if other factors caused that change.
DarudeShaun 4 anos atrás
Anewbreed 4 anos atrás
When I came here I was certainly not expecting this level of information, very good presentation!
Presley Seamans
Presley Seamans 3 anos atrás
Amazing speech you were talking very clear and used very specific words. Nice job my man
ggman7117 3 anos atrás
Best TED talk I’ve ever seen. Makes you think about people writing off ‘50s and ‘60s NBA players in GOAT conversation
Krlllx 2 anos atrás
hicks727 what experiment
hicks727 3 anos atrás
lol yeah we all know how that Michael Jordan vs everyone in the 50's and 60's experiment went. Watch a hockey game from 1963 and compare it to 2019.
Markus Ketonen
Markus Ketonen Anos atrás
One of the best TED talks I've seen, if not the best.
Scott Richey | Seattle Personal Trainer
That was a wonderful presentation! Thank you! : )
Abd 3 anos atrás
After several years of this video in my recommendations, you win BRvid algorithm
Jefstito 2 anos atrás
My turn now lol
Jaden Win
Jaden Win 3 anos atrás
Dan McCurry
Dan McCurry 3 anos atrás
I agree, I can watch this one over and over. Great material, subject, research, presentation and connection with audience!
Jimmuel Furton
Jimmuel Furton 3 anos atrás
I literally play this from my recommendation to see these kinds of comment 😂
Sujay Shah
Sujay Shah 3 anos atrás
Same. I don't even like sports that much. Watched the whole video.
Johnny Quest
Johnny Quest 3 anos atrás
I remember some announcers talking about this. About how the balance beam evolved. The announcer said he remembered when a split was daring. Nobody did flips on the balance beam
KayDee 4 anos atrás
Absolutely the best presentation on TED
Scott Martin
Scott Martin 3 anos atrás
14:54 of my evening well spent. Thoroughly enjoyable Speach to listen to. 👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
RY-FLIX 4 anos atrás
I really enjoyed this, I love his enthusiasm!
Brotato Anos atrás
Absolutely spectacular presentation.
jaou1 8 anos atrás
That was an excellent speech, however he did forget one huge variable and that is the precision of time keep. In the 1920's time wasn't as precisely measured than it is today. I feel he needed to cover this matter, as well as steroids.
Rimu N
Rimu N 4 anos atrás
I say talent pool. When the olympics started it was largely European for obvious reasons. It was pretty much Europeans competing amongst themselves. You had only 14 nations in that olympics. Today, there are 206 countries participating of different backgrounds. As more nations entered the olympics, so too did almost all times changed. PEDs in itself would not explain why you still have records from the 60s and 80s. His example of how Kenyans now dominate middle to long distance running is spot on. Heck, I watched an Ivorien win a Taekwondo gold medal. Today, China I believe is second only to the U.S in medal count. U.S leads by a large margin but they also have a varied talent pool. There are also sports in the olympics where certain countries simply dominate. The U.S will almost always dominate basketball. China tends to dominate ping pong/table tennis for obvious reasons.
DomJX 4 anos atrás
Also didn't mention segregation.
Mark Dawson
Mark Dawson 4 anos atrás
Performance enhancing drugs- The biggest 'variable' of them all.
Quentin Le Tortorec
Quentin Le Tortorec 4 anos atrás
Well that's true but in Ted Talks there is a limit of speech time...
Alexander 4 anos atrás
It's my impression, that in most sports everybody use them, but only some are caught. I know, bodybuilding is not a sport exactly, but in this area its utterly impossible to come even close to the level of competing athletes without steroids. Without PEDs, a human can achieve around 90kg, maybe 95kg of bodyweight at sub 8% bodyfat. And today's champion, Ronnie Coleman, had a competition weight of 135kg at 7% bf. 40kg of muscle is a big difference
Ray Walker
Ray Walker 4 anos atrás
Like my pitching coach use to say, "the more knowledge you have a better performance you will give."
music account
music account Anos atrás
All these athletes are cool and all, but this guy is an amazing speaker, He didn't lose my attention for a second.
sansdm Anos atrás
Excellent Presentation. As an athlete this was interesting
Elvi Nimali
Elvi Nimali 3 anos atrás
His book is really interesting too. A must read for sports/biology enthusiasts.
Alex Mitchell
Alex Mitchell 3 anos atrás
Does it talk about PED's. how can you do a whole speech about human athletic performance and not mention steroids. Kind of a big elephant to ignore
Chester Wilberforce
Chester Wilberforce 4 meses atrás
My high school cross country coach drilled it into us that when you think you're completely tapped out, you still have 10% left. He took teams to the state championship every year he coached there. Read Epstein's book. It goes far deeper into all of this.
No Mas Pantalones
No Mas Pantalones 7 anos atrás
Truly interesting. Does this guy have his own channel or something? I feel he makes great videos and would like to binge on them hahaha. Also, is there any other TedTalks that are sports related?
Namesake 4 anos atrás
Mark fit very good. Interesting read.
Serpent Of Samael
Serpent Of Samael 4 anos atrás
E C3 how ist it ?
dirtyjoe_shmo 4 anos atrás
Rodney Mullen on skateboarding is pretty inspiring!
Namesake 4 anos atrás
KingSalv34 let me know what you think
Salvador Lacroix
Salvador Lacroix 4 anos atrás
E C3 about to order
Nate Combs
Nate Combs 3 anos atrás
wow. what a great presenter. very talented. i enjoyed the content as well.
JD Bhatts
JD Bhatts Anos atrás
wow. this is one of the most fabulous ted talks out there.
Roberto De La Torre
Roberto De La Torre 3 anos atrás
This guy's speaker abilities are absolutely impressive.
Varun Mishra
Varun Mishra 4 anos atrás
extremely well explained !
Outdoor Jeff
Outdoor Jeff 3 anos atrás
Due to technology and proper nutrition ( yes) the athletes today are much getting faster, stronger and better!
Monsieur επιχ
Monsieur επιχ Anos atrás
@Johny B long jump is one of the easiest events to learn and is hand in hand with the sprinting events. It’s not like he had to prepare for a decathlon. Besides if you don’t train on a cruise ship it is your own problem. Bolt will always be the better athlete in terms of performance in sprinting.
Johny B
Johny B 3 anos atrás
Yeah, what you wrote pertains to technology and nutrition being better than they used to be. Not the athletes. Comparisons are valid between results that come from similar conditions. Athletes arent better, by any stretch of imagination for that could only mean that under the exact same conditions (nutrition, technology, rest etc etc etc) they would perform better than the athletes of old. Their performances are indeed more polished today, but thats irrelevant to their own personnal value. Nerdy dude on the video, forgot to say that Jesse Owens had to travel by boat to get to the Olympics, probably missing a good couple of weeks of training. And its not that he flew to Berlin either, once they reached the port. He also forgot to mention that Owens competed, and thus had to spend a good portion of his training, on long jump too (which he won by the way), whereas Bolt only concentrated on running.
James Chilton
James Chilton 5 anos atrás
This was amazingly well done
Vince Paris
Vince Paris 3 anos atrás
Imagine speaking an essay out to an audience in just under 15 minutes, better than I could write out an essay in a week.
Kachow ski
Kachow ski 4 anos atrás
That was the quickest 14 minutes in my life
Ango Nuts
Ango Nuts Anos atrás
can't relate, I'm here to learn eng lol
CheeseMcCheese Anos atrás
@Forenoon lol
Tyler Greene
Tyler Greene 2 anos atrás
Facts already at min 9 like dam
CrapperSage 3 anos atrás
Cant relate
Mikael 3 anos atrás
True. He is a fantastic speaker, you understand him easily and time goes quickly.
Jixster 3 anos atrás
This is one of my favorite ted talks ever
Amateur adventures
Amateur adventures 4 anos atrás
This guy is an amazing speaker!
John Bankson
John Bankson 3 anos atrás
Excellent speaker! Well done 👏 👏 👏
Austin Ryan
Austin Ryan 4 anos atrás
"Limits are like fears, often just a illusion" - Michael Jordan
Shayan Givehchian
Shayan Givehchian 3 anos atrás
This might be true for speed sports and the improvement may not have been significant. But in strength sports the records from 50 years ago are considered rookie numbers now in powerlifting/weight lifting and strongman it's just a different world now
Johnny Keane
Johnny Keane Anos atrás
@Luka Jelic so basically if the same athletes 50 years had the same benefits of today's lifters they would be doing the same or better?
Luka Jelic
Luka Jelic 3 anos atrás
Better steroids/traning method thats all to it.
FlyBoy Mic
FlyBoy Mic 4 anos atrás
I tapped into this and I'm 44 male who can swim really really fast, and I'm only 5'5" 125lbs the past two years ask anyone who knows me, my body changed drastically ✌🏼️
S.S.P.F.F 3 anos atrás
If this talk had been in 1936. Imagine sports science and technology today.
ilias iosifidis
ilias iosifidis 4 anos atrás
so much effort, and so much knowledge, presented in less than 15 mins. wow
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