“The most important thing about the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part...just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle”.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin - Founder of the Modern Olympics
What the olympic message is trying to say, is that it’s not about being the champion but it’s about participating and representing your country. It is trying to tell you about what is the struggle and the triumph? The struggle means , Training , practice, and a lot of SACRIFICE! The triumph is about winning and also the process of getting to the top.
Champions never give up what ever the struggle, like how our school never gave up versing Viscount in rugby. That day it wasn't about the triumph but it was about the struggle out in the cold pouring rain. Our struggle was the hard training and the commitment that we all put in. But at the end we lost but... we were proud of our performance.
Valerie Adams never gave but at least she participated to try and beat her rival.