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espnW: The athleticism of Beyonce

Watching her move is like watching a sporting event, but is she an athlete?

When entertainment and athleticism meet — you get Beyonce.

Watching the entertainer is like seeing a modern-day Tina Turner go to work, while her moves resemble the tenacity of any athlete.

Writer Joy Priest explains that she can identify with the dancer and singer as she pens her latest essay on her Southern roots as a runner at an early age.

“Artistic craft and athleticism aren’t that different. Beyonce approaches her work with principles similar to those champions live by: You see her same attitude in the proactive hustle of Serena Williams’ enterprising plays, the precision of Gabby Douglas’ routines,” Priest writes. “The best moments in sports are the result of the same gorgeously crafted technique that makes for inspiring art. Think Michael Jordan’s iconic flight from the free throw line and the drama of Steph Curry’s 400th 3-pointer.”

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Kelley Evans is a general editor at The Undefeated. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.