Case studies in Physiology: temporal changes in determinants of aerobic performance in individual going from alpine skier to world champion time trial cyclist.

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This paper reports temporal changes in physiological measurements of exercise performance in a young man transitioning from alpine skiing until he became a world junior champion time-trial cyclist after only 3 years of bike specific training. At the time he became world champion he also achieved among the highest reported maximal oxygen uptake (VO) value - 96.7 mL·min·kg, or 7397 mL·min in absolute terms at 76.5 kg, which had increased by 29.6% from 74.6 mL·min·kg pre bike specific training. After 15 months with almost no structured exercise training, VO returned to 77.0 mL·min·kg and was similar to the value reported prior to specific bike training, although in absolute term (6205 mL·min) still being 11.3% higher. Part of the explanation for his athletic achievements is likely also related to the up to 20.9% improvement in Power@4 mmol·L (W). Although genetic profiles of endurance athletes have not generated data suggesting a shared genetic signature associated with elite endurance performance, this case study highlights the importance of intrinsic biological factors in elite endurance performance.


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Name: Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985)
ISSN: 1522-1601


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