## TL;DR Excellence here is defined as ***consistent superiority...
Daniel Chambliss is a sociologist, teacher, author and a member of ...
Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, IV is an American former competitive swimme...
Swimming is perfectly suited to the measurement of excellence, beca...
Chambliss followed athletes of all ages and all levels over a span ...
The author defines what he believes **does not constitute "Excellen...
### Qualitative vs Quantitative **Quantitative:** A quantitative...
Greg Louganis is an American Olympic swimmer who won gold medals at...
The different levels of swimming are qualitative very different fro...
Swimmers often remain at the same level for most of their careers, ...
Stratification is discrete and the sport is better seen as a collec...
> ***But talent fails as an explanation for athletic success, on co...
The implications of this argument is interesting. It implies that m...
When one assists to great performance in sports, theater, a great s...
The author does not argue that there is no such thing as *"natural ...
Excellence seems to be tied to the confluence of different skills...
Chambliss makes an interesting parallel here and asks the question:...
**Excellence is mundane:** 1. It is a sum of little ordinary acti...
### Conclusions: In order to achieve Excellence the following se...