"No time for losers"
Phelps is now inarguably the greatest Olympian of all time.
He’s won a ridiculous 21 Gold Medals.
Only Usain Bolt comes close to matching him for the title.
Both share the same ethos: winning is all that matters.
Do it fairly, do it clean, but win.
For these two supreme champions, coming 2nd or 3rd is like hoping you were going to end up in bed with Cindy Crawford and ending up with Madonna. [Gee, thanks for that mental image, jackass. We know what Madonna looks like these days. It's not pretty.]
They just don’t care about silver or bronze.
Just as people like Phelps’ hero Michael Jordan, or Tiger Woods, or Serena Williams have never cared about anything but being No1 either.
That’s why they have been the best at what they do.
The truth is that in sport, if you don’t win, you lose. If you’re serious about competition, there’s no middle ground for ‘doing your best’.
This is not a theory which endeared me to the frenzied Twitterati this morning, who lined up to abuse me for daring to suggest that Gold medals are all that matter.
Most of the more insulting responses, I noticed, came from Olympians who had never won Gold themselves.
This is not, I would argue, a coincidence.
John Mason: Are you sure you're ready for this?Stanley Goodspeed: I'll do my best.John Mason: Your "best"?! Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and f@ck the prom queen!Stanley Goodspeed: Carla WAS the prom queen.John Mason: Really?