You can't be serious. Have you watched the NBA dunk competition recently?
NBA average annual salary = $5 million
International high jumper average annual salary = less than $50k
Not sure that the best jumpers are "high jumping"
We saw what one the greatest basketball jumpers accomplished (Donald Thomas)...Not much.
Basketball players are nothing special...besides being good at bouncing a ball and playing basketball. Whats so special about a dunk? One of the overrated skills I see.[/quote]
Of course, their HJ technique sucks.
They spend all their time learning to jump in a basketball setting
HJ is a very technical event
If the average international HJ salary was say $6 million/year (I'm adding $1 million because it's more boring to HJ than to play basketball, so some guys may stick to basketball), you would see a lot of guys switching to HJ. The colour scheme would change.