NotPhil · 3372 days ago · link · · parent · post: What is wrong with losing strategically to put yourself in a better position to win a gold?
I'm not sure why anyone thinks the goal of the games is to win a gold. The point of playing any game is to play the game.
At this level, the goal is to win the gold. Some of these people dedicate their entire lives to win the gold. That is what they will be remembered for and more importantly it can very well set them up financially in the future. Why do we remember Mary Lou Retton? It is because she WON the gold. Did Kathy (Who Is She Again?) Johnson get to be on the box of Wheaties? No. It was the gold medal winner.