American gymnast Jonathan Horton has found a way to satisfy his golden appetite.
While preparing for the 2012 London Games, the most experienced member of the American men’s gymnastics squad—at just 26 years old—has been incorporating a special ingredient into his daily routine. For the last year and a half, the 2008 individual Olympic silver medalist has knocked back a bottle of honey—an item commonly used in gymnastics to increase the stickiness of the parallel bars—during practice whenever he feels the need for a sudden energy boost.
For avid readers, as well as those who just love the traditional NBA big man, here is the “director’s cut” of my story about the mystery of professional basketball’s disappearing center, which originally published via The Atlantic last month.
On a Saturday morning last October at a small, strip mall fitness club in Sonoma, Calif., former NBA center Clifford Ray sits on a metal bleacher watching a hodgepodge of mostly over-the-hill baby boomers labor up and down a basketball court. The group of males has shelled out a couple thousand bucks of disposable income each to take a weekend’s worth of instruction at Hall of Famer Rick Barry’s annual fantasy camp in Northern California wine country.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — With the New York Giants working through their last day of veterans minicamp, rookie Rueben Randle stands watching the action, helmetless and arms clasped behind his torso, eagerly shifting back and forth in a small huddle with the other reserve receivers. It’s been just a short stay in the NFL for the Bastrop, La. native so far, but already he’s experienced prolonged delays.