versatile – c.1600, from L. versatilis “turning, revolving, moving, capable of turning to varied subjects or tasks,” from pp. stem of versare “keep turning, be engaged in something, turn over in the mind,” frequentative of vertere “to turn” (see versus).
ver-sa-tile – capable of doing many things competently
At a certain level, all elite athletes are specialists by trade. Cyclists, for example…they tend to be quite talented at riding bicycles very swiftly and smoothly. They are known by their friends and coworkers as “the biker” or “oh yeah, that skinny person who eats lots of rice cakes and wears the coordinated spandex outfit.” Generalizations aside, the sport of cycling is anything but specific. Take mountain biking, for example. What is unique about the sport of elite mountain biking, especially in recent years, is that it presents an opportunity for tremendous versatility, all within the specific realm of “cycling”. In fact, elite mountain biking almost demands that a marketable rider be capable of competing in different realms of “the dirt.” Read More on Spencer’s blog