“The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.”
– Pierre de Coubertin, on July 24, 1908
Fine words spoken by an aristocratic French educator, historian and founder of the International Olympic Committee, but I suspect few Olympic athletes want anything less than victory.
High-level athletes believe in themselves, and few visualize finishing second. Since Monsieur Coubertins’ days of amateur athletics . . .