The competitive spirit. To have that spirit means you love to battle, to contend, to hold out as long as you can against another even when it hurts and is painful. Yet now and then there is something more that we see, and it’s so well typified in athletes and in this video: the spirit of sportsmanship. The awareness of others around you, of their own struggles and difficulties — and the recognition now and then that ‘it’s only sports’ — then you realize it’s the victories you have in life that matter most.
Here’s a video that shows this so well; a Kenyan athlete kissing goodbye her chance to win the race so she could ensure her fellow competitor was OK. Needing to win is a dangerous trait, loving to compete is surely great, but love for your fellow man is even greater. This video demonstrates the respect between athletes and reminds us that aside from the scandals we see now and then in sport, most of the time it just showcases the best qualities of humanity.