Agony of Defeat | Only if Allowed
It has been half a century now that the term “agony of defeat” became the lexicon of American sports. The phrase became famous on ABC’s Wide World of Sports when a ski jumper name Vinko Bogatiaj fell off a huge jump in which he became more famous for wiping out on a jump than for his career.
He suffered a concussion and a broken ankle, while tumbling down the slopes in 1970 at the World Ski Flying Championships in Oberstdorf, West Germany.
With that fall, Bogataj became famous when “Wide World of Sports” captioned the clip of his fall on TV as the “agony of defeat.” This didn’t stop Vinko Bogataj, as he returned to training the following June as fearless and resilient as ever, while facing The Agony of Defeat straight in the eyes.
was the baddest man who’s ever lived.
“You’re defeated only if you allow yourself to be”.
Roosevelt was shot in the chest while campaigning and correctly deducing that if he wasn’t coughing up blood and that if the bullet had not penetrated his lung, then he would have refused to go to the hospital.
Instead, Roosevelt continues with his plans and deliveres a 90-minute speech. He never had the bullet removed because he didn’t allow a tiny bullet to defeat him.
Roosevelt’s belief is that it is far better to dare mighty things and win glorious triumphs even if these triumphs are checked by failure, because trying and failing is greater than to be ranked with those in poor spirits who do not dare to be stupid.
Those spirits live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat because they are those who do not dare.
What this means is that it is easy to do nothing. You can do nothing and be content or you can do something and take a chance at greatness. If you fail in your task, keep moving because we are only face defeat if we allow ourselves to be defeated.
Think that you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win,
but think you can’t
It is certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out in the world we find
Success being with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, then you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.”
-Walter D. Wintle
No sir, it doesn’t
The ice water and cold sand on winter morning does not stop her. No sir, it doesn’t. She lays there welcoming this villain named cold and dare it to freeze her. She will now allow herself to be defeated and face the agony of defeat square in the eye.
You sir, don’t scare me, for you are just a flavor popsicle. The cold runs and cries, unable to stop Beatrice as she lies chilling in the sand, absorbing the red sun to regain her super kryptonian powers in hopes for a badass shot in the water.
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Photographer: Resilience Pictures by Andy H. Tu
Partner: Sinde T. Resilience by Sinde
Athlete: Beatrice H