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Aus ihm wurde ein Spitzensportler.

What does "aus" mean in this case?

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Let me mark this differently:

Aus ihm wurde ein Spitzensportler.

This adverbial using aus+Dativ tells the origin. He was the origin, a Spitzensportler is the result.

Telling whether location or origin is meant is sometimes tricky:

Aus dieser Kaderschmiede kommen nur Spitzensportler.

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    Both fall together in herauskommen, was kommt dabei heraus "what will come of it", perhaps akin to herausarbeiten "to work out, extract". – vectory May 13 at 4:23
  • I'd like to remark, that Kaderschmiede can be translated as "elite training facilyty", as I don't think it is a common word among German learners. – infinitezero May 13 at 10:10
  • I use such less common compound words by purpose to make people research them. It creates an interest in the language. You could look up the definition in Wikitionary or even Wikipedia in this case. So why in German, a school for sports people is a blacksmith's shop? – Janka May 13 at 12:24

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