Student or Learner
The following paragraph is quoted from Phelps' interview after winning the gold medals in all eight events:
Q:What do you think separates the people who are merely gifted from those like you, who in this instance, won?
A: For me when I watch other sports, when I watch Tiger, when I watch Federer, when I watch Nadal, the best athletes can compete under any circumstances. No matter what it is, no matter what the pressure, you can always overcome anything that put in your way. When Jordan was sick, he still put up 60 points.
I don't understand the question, Does it mean Phelps is gifted and hardworking?What is the subject before "separates"?
What distinguishes top athletes (like you) from people who are 'gifted' ?