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After the Olympics: Where's the Humility?

David1454 Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 2:21 PM
The first and most prominent athlete to revel in self-aggrandizement was Cassius Clay. Before him, anyone who was not appropriately humble and deflecting of gross praise was considered a selfish boor. Athletes who are at the very top of their sport or event are ALL beneficiaries of genetic advantages (e.g., Edwin Moses' 39" inseam), good coaching, and other support. They work hard, and that should be appreciated, but without these advantages, they would be back in the crowd of pursuers.
Humility, it is sometimes said, doesn't mean thinking less of yourself. It means thinking of yourself less.

For Carli Lloyd I'd guess that's a distinction without a difference. After Lloyd scored the goals that lifted the US Olympic women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Japan in the gold medal match at London's Wembley Stadium last week, thinking of herself less was decidedly not on her agenda.

"When someone tells me I can't do something, I'm going to always prove them wrong," Lloyd bragged to an NBC interviewer. "That's what a champion is all...