Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’ – John Greenleaf Whittier
Which is why I believe a silver medal in an Olympic event can be so painful and a bronze so cherished.
This John Greenlead Whittier quote occurred to me as I watched that Canadian ice hockey player take off her silver medal in apparent disgust on the podium following her team’s loss to the U.S. women.She has since apologized for her actions, but I understand.
For some, winning the silver may bring too much pain to bear because the gold was so close. You will spend the rest of your life dreaming of what might have been.
The bronze medal, however, is a different story.
The “what might have been” aspect of winning bronze is knowing you were this close to no medal at all.
If you’ve been watching the Olympics you may have noticed this. Silver medalists often look so disappointed while bronze winners often are elated.