Trait 9 of champions

July 16, 2012

I promised to several people I would finish this series of 11 Traits of champtions (see them all here), so here we go with number 9. Thanks again to Toby Stanton (@hottubes on twitter) for these:

Inward focus: The really great champions seem unconcerned about whom they are competing against. The riders in a particular event only provide a standard by which they will apply and measure themselves. The champion competes against their own abilities and limitations. The champion does not look outward, blaming others for a loss, but rather inward to those areas that can be improved for the future.

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5 Responses to “Trait 9 of champions”


  1. This is great stuff, keep them coming.

  2. Gummee! Says:

    I can understand that: When I’m racing, I’m using ‘you’ to push me to beat me. Sure I want to win, but if I’ve done the *best* I can and didn’t win, I gotta be happy about that.

  3. Evan Shaw Says:

    For me Greg Lemond embodies all these traits. As he matured he had a true modesty focus determination courage in the face of death winning agsinst all odds even with little or no team. And a trait not on your list the integrity to speak truth to power. A rare trait.

  4. Evan Shaw Says:

    Gerard. How about a piece on restoring Lemond’s true character as a champion after the long and effective smear campaign by the doping omertà ? He was never a jealous sour grapes person as they successor portrayed him. Are u up for it?


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