Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Win or lose, it's how you play the game

Ben wrote this week on the whinging that's been going on about Australia's performance at the Olympics.  It seems to me very unsporting to go around being "devastated" when you don't win gold.  Especially if you do it with a medal handing around your neck at the time.  Come on, Australia.  Surely we can do better than that!  One of the themes of the London games is supposed to be about "inspiring a generation".  I hope our athletes, media and general community aren't planning to leave a legacy of being sore losers.

Maybe a little inspiration from Olympians of old will help.  If you want to see the pinnacle of sportsmanship, try John Landy in Melbourne in 1956.  In the 1500 m finals for the Australian National Championships just before the Games, one of Landy's competitors fell during the race.  What did Landy do?  He stopped running and went back to help him up.  Enough of this self-absorbed "win at all costs or go home a loser" business.  Show some class, Australia.


Karen said...

Couldn't agree more.

Ben McLaughlin said...

That's awsome, how cool of Landy to do that.