What Makes a Great Athlete? We all know the goals... stronger, higher, faster. But what is it exactly that comes together to make a great athlete? What combination of genetics, determination, work ethic, muscle memory and intelligence does it take to be the best? Join Neal Conan and his guests for a discussion.

Guests:

Mark Shapiro
*Executive vice president and general manager of the Cleveland Indians

Charles Yesalis
*Professor of health and human development at Penn State University
*Author of Performance-Enhancing Substances in Sport and Exercise

Mark Murphy
*Director of athletics at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
*Played for the Washington Redskins from 1977 to 1985

Ralph Wiley
*ESPN.com Page 2 columnist

Garth Weiss
*Performance coach for professional athletes
*Doctorate in sports psychology
*Former professional hockey player

Noreen Herlihy
*Head coach for women's soccer at Slippery Rock University
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We all know the goals... stronger, higher, faster. But what is it exactly that comes together to make a great athlete? What combination of genetics, determination, work ethic, muscle memory and intelligence does it take to be the best? Join Neal Conan and his guests for a discussion.

Guests:

Mark Shapiro
*Executive vice president and general manager of the Cleveland Indians

Charles Yesalis
*Professor of health and human development at Penn State University
*Author of Performance-Enhancing Substances in Sport and Exercise

Mark Murphy
*Director of athletics at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
*Played for the Washington Redskins from 1977 to 1985

Ralph Wiley
*ESPN.com Page 2 columnist

Garth Weiss
*Performance coach for professional athletes
*Doctorate in sports psychology
*Former professional hockey player

Noreen Herlihy
*Head coach for women's soccer at Slippery Rock University