retrofuturist wrote:Whilst one result was materially better than the other, the swimmer who achieved a lesser placing was elated, whilst the other, who felt she had a certain sense of entitlement to win, was mortified by coming 2nd. Not only did that attitude sour her own experience, but it also serves as an insult to the rest of the field who didn't win Gold or Silver, or to those who didn't even make it through to the final.
Yes, it's interesting to see the reactions of the athletes after winning and "losing". I think it comes down to of course their attitude and also the expectations, some of which are unreasonable. Yesterday Michael Phelps won the silver and was visibly 'upset' with the silver. It is nice to see the elation in those that win the silver and bronze and are still as happy as can be. It is easy to have mudita for them. I know I would sure be happy with a bronze in anything, but that could also be because I don't expect to perform at that level.
In one of the previous Olympic Games an American won the gold in a swimming event and was very upset. He was upset that he didn't break the world record while doing so.
He later apologized on tv to the people who were disappointed at his reaction.