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THE GREAT COMPETITOR
poem by Grantland Rice
''Beyond the winning and the goal, Beyond the glory and the fame,
He feels a flame within his soul, Born of the spirit of the game.
And where the barriers may wait, Built by the opposing gods,
He finds a thrill in bucking fate And riding down the endless odds.
Where others wither in the fire, Or fall below some raw mishap,
Where others lag behind and tire, Or break beneath the handicap,
He finds a new and deeper thrill To take him on the uphill spin,
Because the test is greater still And something he can revel in.''