The Alternates | Victory Journal: "Alternates never seem to bring home regret. Not a single athlete says they shouldn’t have done it, or that they’d be better off today having refused the offer. Because whether they know it or not, the experience has made each and every one of them a stronger person. Serving as an Olympic alternate might even build more character than winning an Olympic medal.
“I recently spoke to an alternate from the 1984 Games,” says Kintzer. “She told me that it’s a very small group of athletes who compete in the Olympics but it’s an even smaller number who are alternates. Not many people have the will, character, and strength to do it. So that makes us all part of a cool club that nobody understands unless they go through it themselves.”"
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