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