参考消息网2月14日报道 Snowboarder Jamie Anderson spent Wednesday morning engaging in a public film session， posting videos on Instagram and critiquing her ninth-place women's slopestyle finish. At the end， she made a pained admission.
Anderson， a paragon of self-care， arrived in Beijing as the only women's slopestyle gold medalist in the sport's short Olympic history. But in the final，she fell during two of her three runs and didn't get close to the podium. Mikaela Shiffrin， an all-time great skier in the prime of her career， has failed to finish her first two races and looks in need of an extended break. Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu， vying for a third straight Olympic gold， got his skate caught in the ice during the men's short program Tuesday， couldn't do his planned quadruple Salchow and now must rally just to sneak onto the medal stand.
In less than a week of competition， the Beijing Games have been especially harsh to a growing list of former Olympic champions and athletes with large collections of medals.
We need to talk about losing. Like， really talk about it. We need to talk more about it under the umbrella of mental health， and we absolutely need to talk about the losing that doesn't fit beneath the canopy. We also need to talk about the way we praise winning and mental toughness and the dangers of weaponizing rarefied success as a standard instead of preserving it as an exceptional act.
It's easier to grouse about a softer generation of athletes and lionize the past greats who were coached， often abusively，to conceal their feelings， play through everything and deal with the consequences after their athletic careers were over. Today's athletes aren't more fragile， however， just frank and tired of underplaying the mental strain of striving. It figures that this era of openness about the burdens of high-level performance coincides with the fall of many merciless and predatory sports leaders. Now is not a phase but a time of reinvention.
None of these games will ever revert to the old grit trope.There is still a stunning amount of resolve in sports， but it won't be portrayed in a forced and exaggerated manner anymore.
Athletes don't necessarily fail because their minds are weak. But there's still room to appreciate those who possess the clutch gene and to groan about those who flat-out choke. The task is to see them as people， try to imagine what it takes to compete at their level and remember compassion when reacting to their lows.
Triumph is just a perk of the sports experience. Failure is its unavoidable bedrock. Despite all the glorifying of success，losing remains the greatest teacher.