By E. Paul Zehr Ph. D.
Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement, said that „the important thing is not to win, but to take part.“ This noble sentiment goes along with the 1894 Olympic motto of „Citius, Altius, Fortius“—higher, faster, stronger. Events at the Rio games could perhaps add an asterisk or two for „really high“ and also „really low“ when it comes to the behavior of the competitors.
Let’s start with „higher“ and the best example of true Olympic spirit that we may ever see. On August 16th, and at four laps from the end of a heat for the women’s 5000 m race, New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin tripped forward and created a collision with the American runner Abbey D’Agostino, trailing close behind her. Both runners tangled up and tumbled to the turf. When Hamblin remained on the ground, D’Agostino, instead of continuing her run at a time when she could have still been competitive, bent down and encouraged and helped Hamblin to her feet.
By E. Paul Zehr Ph. D. Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement, said that "the important thing i...