Can you lose and still be a champion?

July 31, 2012
Close up of hands shaking in agreement

Can you lose and still be a champion?

Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic just proved you can. After an epic four hour plus tennis match at the London Games, which ended 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in favour of Raonic’s opponent Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France, the two combatants embraced at the net, both smiling broadly and congratulating each other on a well-fought match.

As True Sport Moments go, this one had all the Principles in the right balance and proportion. And, as a result, we saw sport at its best. It brought out the best in not only the athletes, but the spectators too.

“Go For It,” a True Sport Principle (, encourages athletes to strive for excellence, to rise to the challenge, and to discover how good you can be – but never at the expense of others. Both Milos and Jo-Wilfred discovered today how good they could be and while ultimately there was a winner, there were really two champions.