One height does not fit all when it comes to these sports.
Many would associate 'athleticism' with a certain stereotypical build, but the term is relative since every sport favours a different physique depending on the task that athlete is required to perform. Here are 10 sports that favour a shorter stature over a taller one:
The hooker in rugby is typically short and stocky. They need to fit in the middle of the scrum between two of the biggest players on their team and be able to lift their leg and kick the ball backward while in an awkward bent over position while simultaneously pushing against the other scrum, so it's good to be small.
The reasons for this one are up for debate. Some argue that it is because the intense training during formative years of puberty stunt growth. As well, being short makes for a lower centre of gravity which is preferable for the sports movements.
In the Kentucky Derby, horse jockeys must weigh in under 126 lb. Because of this, the sport naturally attracts smaller individuals in order for them to satisfy that standard. The restrictions have been known to cause problems with unhealthy weight loss for jockeys trying desperately to make weight.
Figure skating athletes have to rotate while in a vertical position. Try to spin a pencil on its point. Then, try the same thing with a water bottle. Most likely, neither of those attempts went very well, but the water bottle was probably a little bit more successful. In other words, the shorter you are, the easier it is to hurl yourself through the air while rotating in circles multiple times.