You play golf? I do. Yes he has a top shelf mental attitude and that is part of the package, but in golf putting and chipping win you tournaments consistently, not drivingBut today he's 44th in driving distance. And he still won the masters.
And in his prime he was winning majors by 15 shots. No amount of physical talent can do that. That's the top two inches.
I get the point you guys are making and agree to an extent, but saying these athletes have a lower skill level than others and win solely on application is taking it too far to the other extreme. They need both sides of the equation to get where they got.
It doesn’t matter how hard you work if you don’t have the skill set, talent, to compete at that level you won’t make it. The reverse also applies, as you guys say, all the talent in the world won’t get you to the top of your chosen field if you are not willing to put in the hard yards
Cam smith is average size for a hooker, some smaller than him some bigger, and the thing that sets him apart is his ability to read and manage a game (and cheat well lol) but he certainly also have to be mentally and physically strong, which is the point you guys are making, and I agree. But no point being able to say “40/20 right now” if you don’t have the ability to do so. “I need a bullet cut out pass to get around there defence” . Same applies, the mentality and hard work, the attitude you guys are talking about, needs to be there to realise these things, but you still need the ability to perform the act, otherwise you would be better off coaching