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Olympic Gymnast Alicia Sacramone: Gold or Bust?

The US women’s gymnastics team took home a silver medal. I repeat, a silver medal. That means they are the second best team in the world on the biggest stage for this sport. That is pretty darn good! Let’s not forget that most, if not all, are teenagers and amateurs!

Shouldn’t we be proud of our team and celebrate their achievement? I don’t care if they were the top team in the world prior to the start of the competition. Stuff happens. They had a few mistakes, they would be the first to admit it, but they persevered, never gave up, and took home the silver medal.

Isn’t that the real story, the real message to take away…not ‘you lose, you suck’?

Did this interview with U.S. gymnast Alicia Sacramone sadden you as much as it did me? I have not seen any professional athlete treated this poorly in an interview. If it would have occurred, they would have left before the interview was complete and have included a few choice words.

Alicia, you acted beyond a professional and are a much stronger person than most. Be proud of your silver medal and congratulations!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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