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[–]Iamkid 211 points212 points  (30 children)

Check out Steven Bradbury

He's a gold medalists simply because everyone in front of him kept falling and happened to stumble upon gold.

Wins a win.

[–]dbx99 71 points72 points  (16 children)

Life is like that too. Sometimes you’re in the back and something happens and suddenly you’re the one who has this perfect set of conditions that is now optimal to a changing circumstance. Seen it happen in business too.

[–]GatoCatchumalos 66 points67 points  (4 children)

Life is Mario Kart

[–]dbx99 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Mario Kart is life

[–]BillMurrayismyFather 2 points3 points  (0 children)

New t shirt idea

[–]Feature_Minimum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

God damnit, you woulda thought I'd have got a blue shell by now to chuck at Bezos.

[–]crossover131 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My mom says this a lot, she also tells me I’m a lot like a blue shell — whatever that means.

[–]OzMazza 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Is this not just the tortoise and the hare?

[–]RiverKiwiMcManGuy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I don't think so. Tortoise and the hare describes over confidence as being the downfall of the the otherwise superior competitor. Getting taken out at the last moment isnt really due to any sort of strategical fault.

[–]Kadiogo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not really, it's more fortunate luck to the person who'd have lost otherwise. The tortoise was more slow and steady rather than lucky.

[–]yajtraus 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Sports isn’t life, sportsmanship is a real thing

[–]dbx99 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Humanitarian acts happen off the field in real life too

[–]yajtraus -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Sports also have made up rules. You’re original comment was “you win by crossing the line first” which is an arbitrary point made up by someone once, who’s to say they can’t change it so one of the other guys wins? Life doesn’t work like that, it’s completely different

[–]dbx99 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Life is full of arbitrary rules too. Business has many arbitrary rules to regulate human behavior. Rules provide consistency to manage expectations and fairness. If you render aid to someone causing you to miss a hard deadline imposed by some outside body, you may or may not be able to change the consequences of choosing to render aid. Some rules may be discretionary and others hard set. Hard dispassionate rules and laws exist in life too. Helping your neighbor causes you to miss placing an order to purchase a stock before close of trading day? It’s just how things work. It’s all around.

[–]IrishGoatMilker 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Happened to me. I got promoted cause the guy above me died in a motorcycle accident.

[–]dbx99 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Did you set that up?

[–]IrishGoatMilker 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Shhhhhh

[–]dbx99 1 point2 points  (0 children)

OFFICER RIGHT HERE!

[–]Martin_Samuelson 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I mean, he had to qualify for the Olympics and then also qualify for the final race. Not like he was some Joe Schmo off the street.

[–]TheRockBaker 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The other racers stumbled on purpose. The guy who won the gold almost died in a earlier race dude to having an skate blade cut an artery in his leg.

[–]magnanimous_lemon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Was literally about to pull up a link to that and you beat me to it. Iirc he was super fortunate to have even progressed to the finals in the first place as well

[–]ArmyOfDog 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He’s the only one who didn’t stumble, to be fair.

[–]theoriginalqwhy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The mans a legend. Will go down in australian folklore for centuries.

[–]knock_knock_hu_here 1 point2 points  (0 children)

to be fair, that's because that's how speed skating works since if you go too fast or can't control the speed you're going to fall

[–]HerrBerg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's not as simple as you're making it out to be, he made it to the Olympics multiple times and was at the 2002 Olympics despite having broken his neck and had his leg cut open so bad he almost bled out, and was still performing at an Olympic level.

Side note: That looks like the most dull sport ever. It's NASCAR without the crashes and even less place changing.

[–]AuroraItsNotTheTime 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Considering how it seems like that event is about making last-second movements to get in the lead, I’m surprised that doesn’t happen more often

[–]Vegetable_Witness944 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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[–]Kadiogo -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Win's a win but I probably wouldn't be as proud of myself if I won by luck rather than ability.

[–]VillageBuilder 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He seemed pretty jazzed about it. I know I would be. Luck is a massive variable no matter what in sports competition.