|Originally posted by JohnH:
I also think that Pete Sampras and other top tennis players would fare well. Mostly because they seem to use the same type of training regimins that top skiers use, and they have full time personal strength and agility coaches. Tennis players also have the advantage that their sport is a bit more upper body (or whole body) oriented than skiing. They are also a bit more suited to endurance, since they go for hours at a time, every day for a couple of weeks, during the big tournaments.
I don't know that tennis is that upper-body oriented. Yes, arms are used, but power comes from timing; strong legs and stomach are vital, strong arms are not. In this way it's similar to skiing. Eye-hand coordination for tennis players would be better than for skiers, however. Maybe that's what you mean.
As far as Lance!, I remember reading in his autobiography that his eye-hand coordination is pretty crappy. He was bad at typical "Texas" sports -- eg football, baseball -- and discovered swimming first, became good at that, entered a triathalon, and did extraordinarily well. He is otherworldly when it comes to endurance. But eye-hand? Don't think so.