Mike’s Sports Book: What is the hardest sport to master?

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Mike's Sports Book: What is the hardest sport to master?

Just One Question: What is the hardest sport to master?

Dear Mike,

What is the hardest sport to master?

–Just looking for your opinion

Dear Just Looking,

The hardest sport to master is swimming. For something you learn as a small child, it requires perfect technique and stamina to compete at today’s high level of competition. Every part of your body, from head to toe, must be used perfectly. There are multiple, possible arm and leg motions for different styles of swim. Oh, yeah! Did I mention that you also have to learn how to breathe while you are in the water?

Michael Phelps

That’s why I think that the feat by the 64 year old aquatic phenomenon, Diana Nyad—she’s the woman who swam from Cuba to Florida, a distance of 110 miles, in 53 hours—is the most exciting accomplishment in sports in recent decades.

Diana Nyad

Not only was she competing in a difficult sport in general, but open water swimming is even more complicated than racing in a calm and still swimming pool. She had to contend with waves, currents, sea-life and the ignorance of others who said that she is a senior citizen, and shouldn’t be attempting such a strenuous endeavor.

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