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Is a gold medal all that matters?

(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2016-08-11 14:11

Editor's note: The 2016 Rio Olympics is still ongoing, and media outlets are updating the medal table daily in a prominent place on their front pages. In contrast with China's previous obsession with gold medals, the general public is learning to enjoy the sports themselves rather than focusing on the medal count. Should we ditch the gold medal obsession? What matters most in the Olympic Games? Forum readers share their opinions.

mengzhi (Australia)

Leave nationalism at home. I am a long time fan of the Olympics and I love the competition and the ecstasy hovering between success and " failure ". Every Olympian is a winner. The camaraderie between the competitors often bound them together more than the fans realize. They each know what the other challengers have been through to reach this level and the agony of waiting to see the results. The thrill is still in the competing , not necessarily winning or losing.

Is a gold medal all that matters?

China's Fu Yuanhui attends the awarding ceremony of women's 100m backstroke swimming final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 8, 2016. Fu Yuanhui won the bronze medal with 58.76 seconds. [Photo/Xinhua]

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