Elias mistook german exceptionalism, which he took to be one of barbarity.
Then, too, there are frequent glints of what one might call exceptionalism - or low-level megalomania.
In a nutshell, what are the social roots of American exceptionalism in sport?
It is far from clear, however, that the case for genetic exceptionalism has been satisfactorily made out.
Again, another reason why apparent Chinese exceptionalism shouldn't be that unexpected.