You are creating your own view of what is athleticism and what defines an athlete. Athleticism can be simply defined as ‘physically strong and well developed; muscular ’.
You are confusing or conflating the terms athlete and athleticism. An athlete is anyone involved in a sport. Athleticism refers to the ability of an athlete.
I'm not creating my own definition for athlete. How interested are you in sports? I've been watching basketball religiously for the last 10 or 15 years. I keep an eye on hockey, football, baseball and soccer as well. I am very attuned to what qualifies as a good athlete which I already enumerated: lateral quickness - how fast one moves from side to side. Point to point speed - how fast one moves from one spot to another. Vertical jump - in a standing position, two foot jump. One foot Jump - a one foot run up for a jump. Bench press - to test one's upper body strength, agility/stamina, etc.
This is what is meant by athleticism. Athlete and Athleticism are two different indirectly related things, akin to the relationship between 'plane' and 'aeronautics'. The plane is the object itself - the athlete; aeronautics is the study of the object - athleticism (the study of any athletes 'ability').
A world class sprinter for 100 meters is not anymore of an athlete or any more athletic than a world class mountain biker that rides cross country for 50k.
I'm more impressed by raw athleticism - physical explosiveness, foot speed, vertical - than agility. In every sport which the above criteria apply, in the 100 meter sprint, or in basketball, football (for instance, running backs) blacks seem to dominate.
Those sports which you highlighted are 'specialty' sports, more derivative than basic athletic competitions like the 100 meter sprint.
Again, I simply cannot understand why the opposition to this. Any evolutionary biologist would admit that human beings differ, and that environment would be the chief cause of any differences; in skin color, and most other physical features, this is already accepted. Why is it so unacceptable to surmise a slight athletic advantage to blacks in sports which demand greater raw athletic prowess??? It is unscientific to ignore the evidence. The evidence suggests an advantage and its the job of the scientist to explore possible explanations for those advantages.
edit on 9-7-2012 by dontreally because: (no reason given)