I used to do competitive things for medals and so forth when I was younger and was going to enter a contest recently. I didn't come in first very often but when it I didn't and I at least made a showing and got second or third I was really proud because I could say wow I was beat by the very very best. If I had to lose I'm glad it was to someone so darn exceptional. And I totally saw that quality lacking in the gymnastics and some of the other competitions. I enjoy the ones more that athletes actually respect and like each other and where they do get great joy in seeing the amazing things their peers are doing.
I really feel that there are a lot of athletes who are making this into a career or moving into endorsement deals or publicity (Seriously anymore about Lochte's sex life and I'm shutting off all news). There seem to be fewer and fewer in it for the love of the game.