#7 – Baton chemistry

Mr. Lightning Bolt didn’t expect Japan to get this close In another twist to the 4×100 men’s relay final, no member of the 2nd place Japanese team had ever attained a personal best under 10 seconds in the individual 100m dash. In other words, they were all...

#6 – Relay races

Whoops! Another area where excellent teamwork can trump individual skill is in the track relay events, especially the sprints, where smooth baton transfers can outweigh raw speed in importance. This was proven in 2008, when the heavily-favored US men’s and women’s...

#5 – Teamwork vs. individualism

American culture values individual success even if it comes at the expense of the well-being of the larger group, and so it’s not surprising that team sports presents a particular challenge for us. It can be hard to put ego aside for the greater good. Here are a few...

#4 – Poor sportsmanship

A white-haired Lochte trying to look cool while escaping The good sportsmanship shown by the two female runners was in marked contrast to two examples of poor (American) sportsmanship. US women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo called her victorious Swedish rivals...

#3 – Good sports

The Kiwi helps the Yankee Perhaps the iconic moment of 2016 occurred when two female long distance runners accidentally collided towards the end of the 5000 meter qualifier. Both fell down, and the American, Abbey D’Agostino, got up first. She reached over to help New...