|11:35 am - "Losing is what I do."|
I found this interesting blog post by Guardian writer Rick Gekoski a little while back, probably while casting about, looking for things for my sports journalism course. In it, he describes a couple of books he wished he'd written (he's got me already), and one of them was inpired by a quote from American tennis player Todd Martin after losing at Wimbledon. Gekoski frames it in terms of the journalist asking Martin a leading question about how hard it was to get so close and not to win, while Martin thinks about it differently (and, according to Gekoski, more interestingly).
"Losing is what I do." It was a sentiment that located something true, and – unless you're as smart and emotionally mature as Todd Martin – cruel about professional sport. Because for every winner, there are myriads, thousands, tens of thousands, of losers, and in our fixation with who wins we blind ourselves to the stories – the spectacle, the drama – of those supremely talented athletes who do not.
Gekoski goes on to say, "I am interested in losers. After all, by the highest standards, it's what most of us are. Lacking supreme talent, we do the best we can, and that is often pretty good."
I agree, that would have made an interesting premise for a book.