For ath­letes, win­ning and los­ing aren’t the only things

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Tom Ed­wards,

“Why do they even play the game?” June 30 Charles Krauthammer col­umn.

While I gen­er­ally re­spect Charles Krauthammer’s opin­ion pieces for their in­tel­li­gence and su­perb writ­ing style, his re­cent take on ath­letic com­pe­ti­tion com­pletely misses the mark. His the­ory that the plea­sure of win­ning has less value than the pain of los­ing leaves out the most im­por­tant fac­tor in the equa­tion: the joy of striv­ing for a goal. Train­ing for com­pe­ti­tion is the lion’s share of an ath­lete’s job and this is where that joy is ex­pe­ri­enced on a day-to-day ba­sis.

What a won­der­ful jux­ta­po­si­tion it was to see, in the very same pa­per, the in­spir­ing ar­ti­cle about Sara Vaughn qual­i­fy­ing for the World Track and Field Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don. Tech­ni­cally a loss, Vaughn’s third-place fin­ish in the 1,500 me­ters at the U.S. Track and Field Cham­pi­onships is one of the best sports sto­ries ever be­cause of the 10 years of her life that pre­ceded it.

Krauthammer should read that ar­ti­cle about Vaughn and do some se­ri­ous re­cal­cu­lat­ing.

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