I think it was at the end of a cricket tour by a Pakistani cricket team. The team had started badly but finished well, and a media interviewer, seeming to want to get at the emotion and relief of hard-won success, asked a senior Pakistani player how he felt at winning a game at last. Long after I’ve forgotten the actual question he asked, I easily recall the cricketer’s answer: …. [to read more, click on title]
For every medal celebrated there are dozens who didn’t make the podium.
If the medallists were winners, were the others losers?
What is winning? It’s by no means standard, even at the Olympics: some win by being first across the line or to the end of the pool. For other sports, you need to hammer the other guy, or bullseye the arrow, or dance your horse the best, or be the best kickflipper, or maximise air time and minimise horizontal travel (as in the trampoline)!
Golds come in all sorts of packages.