Who Says It Needs To Be Winner-Take-All? Athletes Share Gold in Surprise Decision!
winner-take-all: a situation where the person or group that performs the best gets all the rewards, and the others get nothing
Katie Moon from the USA and Nina Kennedy from Australia both jumped 4.90m and failed at 4.95m in the pole vault final. Instead of continuing to compete, they decided to share the gold medal. Nina was very happy and even cried when they won. Katie Moon said, “Today, we both won. It was the right choice!” It’s the first time this has happened at the World Athletics Championships.
During the 2020 Olympics, something similar happened. Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi from Italy both tied. They were given a chance to further compete, but Barshim asked, “Can we have two golds?” The official said yes.
In a world that is normally winner-take-all, these athletes embraced unity and compromise over rivalry.
1. Many game shows have a winner-take-all rule where only one person takes home the money.
2. In the traditional race, it was always winner-take-all, but this year they decided to reward the top three runners.
3. Business can sometimes feel like a winner-take-all competition, with only one company dominating the market.