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{{cite journal|author1=Martinus Buekers |author2=Pascal Borry |author3=Paul Rowe |title= Talent in sports: Some reflections about the search for future champions|url=|journal=Movement & Sport Sciences|year=2015|volume=88|issue=2|pages=3–12}} {{Subscription needed|via=[[]]}}
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