The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle

Baron Pierre de Coubertin, considered to be the instigator of the modern Olympic movement, focused on the possibility that athletic competition could promote understanding across cultures. Coubertin’s philosophy was that competing was more important than winning.

L’important dans la vie ce n’est point le triomphe, mais le combat, l’essentiel ce n’est pas d’avoir vaincu mais de s’être bien battu – The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

This is completely realised by two brothers, Connor and Cayden Long from Tennessee. Connor is 9 years old and he competes with his younger brother, Cayden, who has cerebral palsy and doesn’t walk or talk.

They compete together in triathlons, not to come first, second or even third….but to come last and celebrate in competing. Take a look, it’s 90 seconds well spent!

With thanks to Russell Howard’s Good News for alerting the British public to Connor and Cayden’s awesomeness.


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