Would you rather finish fourth or dead last at the Olympics? | The Tylt

Would you rather finish fourth or dead last at the Olympics?

Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Jacobellis felt stings of failure at their respective events, finishing just one place off the podium. Finishing fourth is a special kind of hurt, but is it worse than a last-place finish? Finishing fourth means you were at least contending for a medal. However, finishing last means you didn't have to torture yourself over every detail that made you miss the podium, making it easier to move on. What do you think? 🏅

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In athletics, it's better to be contending than a placeholder. A fourth-place finish might sting, but at least you were in a position to medal. Most athletes don't even sniff the podium, but finishing fourth at least shows you were right in the mix. 

Finishing last means you really screwed the pooch and had yourself a terrible day. That's still the worst place to finish.

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"What if" is one of the most haunting questions you ask yourself. Finishing fourth in the Olympics invites that question into your mind constantly. What if I took that turn to wide? What if I trained too hard? What if I didn't train hard enough? 

These are the thoughts that torture Olympic athletes who finish just off the podium. At least finishing last, you can just chalk it up to a bad day and move on with your life. Finishing fourth breaks your spirit.

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Would you rather finish fourth or dead last at the Olympics?
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