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Extreme Character

Watched snowboard racing, one of the events in the Winter X-Games on ESPN. One of them had a clear lead on the other two before turning too hard into a corner and skidding. He regained his balance, but lost his lead, finishing second.
This was what really struck me: When asked what happened, he said,
<blockquote>"I lost the edge [of the snowboard] during the turn. Think I need more practice."</blockquote>
The thing about him was that he didn't say it in jest, or as a means to relieve the tension and disappointment of losing. He was earnestly saying that he needed more practice.
Wow. No "I let me beat myself" or the usual assortment of excuses about the weather. My hats off to him.

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