“The Olympics are where a moment on the medal stand, representing 300 million people, is beyond price,” he says. “Opportunity is the treasure that is offered at the Olympics. The chance to hold up a championship, not to a happy owner or satisfied season-ticket base, but a country. The chance to lean over and have someone slip a gold medal over your head. For many it will be the most cherished day of their sporting lives. That's not enough for someone? Then why be there?”
COD: //What do you do when you're the 7th place steeplechase runner or archer or fencer?//
Being 7th best in the world is something to be proud of. It probably won't land you on a box of Wheaties, but for the rest of your life you'll be able to say you finished in the top 8 at the Olympics. To someone who genuinely loves the sport, that is worth a lot.
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