"I think there's something natural to us about physical competition. It's such a direct and pure way to measure achievement" — David Epstein iStockphoto hide caption

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Champions

From Little League to the Olympics, athletic mastery plays a major role in our sense of achievement. This hour, TED speakers explore the minds and bodies of champions who achieve extraordinary feats.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Vitamin String Quartet 1:01

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"The Olympic motto is 'Citius, Altius, Fortius.' Faster, higher, stronger. And athletes have fulfilled that motto rapidly" — David Epstein James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Simmerdown Nostalgia 77 0:10

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