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Do You Believe in Sportsmanship?

Sports 2012/06/05 21:00:00
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All too often in sports, there have been cases of athletes having attitude issues and being sore losers. A few years ago, when on the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James left the basketball court following a loss, out of sight, out of mind, and without shaking anyone's hand. Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest made a big mistake elbowing James Harden's head into another universe, only to not apologize at all. Football's most fearsome defensive player James Harrison often shows no remorse on his opponents.

But don't tell that to young Ohio track and field athletes Meghan Vogel of West Liberty Salem and Arden McMath of Arlington. They've made national headlines for sportsmanship at its finest. McMath and Vogel raced each other on the track. McMath had about 50 meters to go, a bad mishap occurred. Her knee buckled, which in almost any case, would have doomed her chances of winning.

Vogel could have kept running, but she saw what happened to McMath -- and ran to her aide. To the amazement of the crowd, Vogel helped McMath up and willed her to to the finish line. She allowed McMath to finish ahead of her. The act of sportsmanship and classiness led to a thunderous ovation. The local media called it one of the most inspiring sports-related acts they've ever seen. Who says sportsmanship is dead? Check out the video here.


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  • rockyjr5 2012/06/05 22:23:55
    Yes
    rockyjr5
    +11
    Yes there are still sportsmanship. The problem is that there's a lot of athletes who only cares about themselves, and points fingers at the whole team if him/her misses up.

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  • Funboy S* 2012/06/06 05:30:03
    Funboy
    Already did. It was great.
  • veronica 2012/06/06 02:06:04
    Yes
    veronica
  • Freeranger 2012/06/06 01:59:10
    Yes
    Freeranger
  • Miss Mayhem ✗✗✗ 2012/06/06 01:17:56
    Yes
    Miss Mayhem ✗✗✗
    +1
    Do I believe in it? Hellz yeah, but it isn't always shown. I can't stand that, but I always am.
  • Stryder 2012/06/06 01:11:54
    Yes
    Stryder
    +2
    This is the kind of thing that gives me hope for our future. She'd better win an ESPY for this.
  • sherdon2 2012/06/06 01:11:35
    Yes
    sherdon2
    +2
    Yes and The San Antonio Spurs practice it and teaches children to do the same. Wish more athletes did.
  • Daryl 2012/06/06 01:03:13
    Yes
    Daryl
    +5
    Faith in mankind renewed.
  • <3!Shezza!<3 2012/06/06 00:41:03
    Yes
    <3!Shezza!<3
    +2
    yes i think there is still sportsmanship its just that some people are greedy
  • Andrea 2012/06/06 00:14:48
    Yes
    Andrea
    +3
    Do I believe in it? Yes. is it practiced anymore? No. Not with every kid being a winner and no one learning how to lose.
  • Kerri Mackenzie 2012/06/06 00:04:32
    Yes
    Kerri Mackenzie
    +4
    A perfect example of sportsmanship... others can learn from it. Congratulations to both ladies!
  • Twinkle 2012/06/05 23:48:01
  • tobe 2012/06/05 23:46:34
    Yes
    tobe
    +2
    but i think its seriously lacking
  • Aquaduck 2012/06/05 23:15:11
    Yes
    Aquaduck
    +2
    You already get paid too much money, you could at least show some gratefulness.
  • rockyjr5 2012/06/05 22:23:55
    Yes
    rockyjr5
    +11
    Yes there are still sportsmanship. The problem is that there's a lot of athletes who only cares about themselves, and points fingers at the whole team if him/her misses up.
  • Party Boy [A7X Bat] 2012/06/05 22:21:10
    Yes
    Party Boy [A7X Bat]
    +8
    Touching story, but he fact that this gets national coverage for sportsmanship shows how devoid the rest of the sports community is of sportsmanship.
  • superangrymonkey 2012/06/05 22:03:34
    Yes
    superangrymonkey
    +5
    Not only that but its stories like these that make it all that more important. Coaches, parents, and even peers involved in sports could take a lesson from this. Little league moms? Sit the hell down.
  • Yes
    ✩Batman's✩Epic✩Understudy✩
    +3
    It's more fun when you are a good sport
  • JohnT 2012/06/05 21:32:29
    Yes
    JohnT
    +5
    They set a wonderful example in amateur sports of being great human beings instead of winning at all costs. Pro sports athletes for most part are over paid immature adults. I have always liked amateur sports better because it is about sportsmanship not being a jerk
  • Loser lollipop 2012/06/05 21:22:31
    Yes
    Loser lollipop
    +3
    It's what keeps us human
  • JLM630 2012/06/05 21:15:28
    No
    JLM630
    +1
    Vogel rocks!
  • Faisdragon 2012/06/05 17:34:35
    Yes
    Faisdragon
    +4
    Ofcourse
  • BoardinOK 2012/06/05 16:56:22
    Yes
    BoardinOK
    +4
    I absolutely believe and pray that I'm teaching my 3 sons, how to be good sports as well.

    The girls have probably run against each other for a long time, but good athletes know their threats. I know because my son wrestles, and he knows who is good and who isn't. He's known them since he was 5 years old. They're friends in the stands for the most part, and fierce competitors on the mat.

    Bravo Girls!!! Bravo.
  • wes 2012/06/05 14:54:33
    Yes
    wes
    +4
    How do you sleep at night if you don't.....
  • patsimmons 2012/06/05 14:40:59
    Yes
    patsimmons
    +4
    Absolutely!

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