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A medal in the Olympics runs in the family : a cohort study of performance heritability in the Games history / Juliana Antero... [et al.]

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Antero, Juliana

Elite performance in sports is known to be influenced by heritable components, but the magnitude of such an influence has never been quantified. The authors of this study hypothesized that having a former world-class champion in the family increases the chances of an athlete to repeat the achievement of her or his kinship. They aimed to measure the heritability of a medal in the Olympic Games among Olympians and to estimate the percentage of the genetic contribution to such a heritance.

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