Best Late Bloomers in Sports

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Best Late Bloomers in Sports
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You want to go pro? Start young. That's how it works. Think toddler Tiger Woods showing off his putt on the Mike Douglas show. Think baby LeBron shooting hoops. Think 3-year-old Serena Williams practicing tennis for two hours a day.

And it's not only about starting young, it's also about excelling early.

You're not putting up the kinds of points everyone expected you to? Then congrats, you win one (or all) of these stigmatizing labels: Wannabe, Over-Hyped, Bust.

Unless...

Unless you are a chrysanthemum, an ugly ducking, a sleeping giant. And people sense that. And they are willing to wait and see.

Click on to see the best of the late bloomers.

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