Originally Posted by edmorel
To me, it wasn't about catching up to anyone, it was about simply finishing the race and honoring your commitment to the US Olympic team. The thing about sports that you're always teaching kids is never give up, went you get knocked down get back up and always be a gracious loser/winner. If she has kids and they stumble in some sporting event and give up, what does she tell them?
Damn straight. If she got her ass up and finished the race she would have received the adoration of every person in that stadium and for a few moments probably overshadowed the winner of the race. Instead, the memory of her will be the complete opposite of that.
Easy for me to say this, but just imagine yourself watching the race again but with her getting up and finishing the race instead of what actually happened.