Win or lose, our athletes deserve respect
In our culture’s focus on winning, we have lost sight of the hard work, discipline and perseverance that Olympic athletes represent. It’s time we gave those values, and the people who embody them, the respect they deserve.
Many years ago, before the age of television, cultural heroes were charismatic leaders, wise philosophers, courageous fighters or gifted athletes. They were people with rare gifts who studied, worked hard, invented, created, fought bravely or competed enthusiastically.