The Athlete’s Paradox—it’s the most perplexing phenomenon in sports and a major headache for fans, coaches and teammates alike. Despite possessing uncanny physical talent the vast majority of humanity can only dream about, athletes also have an extraordinary penchant for failing at the kind of menial tasks us mortals are capable of doing.
Common sense, patience and gravity are a mundane part of daily life that we often take for granted, but are as equally unforgiving as a vicious dunk face. The best athletes can leap out of a pool, run a sub-4.5 40 or sink a 30 foot putt, yet, completely flub those obvious or simple feats that demand the same attention to detail as tying your shoes.
The Athlete’s Paradox manifests itself as the “dropsies,” choking or an unforced error. It’s found in every sport and has spared no decade or era. These are the 20 things you can do that some athletes can’t.