Characteristics of a Champion [6] – Natalie Dell O’Brien

TEDxPSU talk by US Olympic rower Natalie Dell O’Brien titled: Why Losing Matters

Champions understand that successes do not arise only from chosen definitions of success, they accept wins – just like their loses – from whichever direction they come.  An Olympic bronze medal may have not been the success dreamt of, nor the motivation used to focus, but champions are open to counting all their victories as successes, even when not anticipated.

The Olympic bronze wasn’t the victory hoped for, but being the first team for your country ever to medal in the event was perhaps the real reward, perhaps the best reward possible?