competition: Good OR Bad*

Hi
I am a student in college proparatory center, and my teacher ask me
to do research about “competition: is it good or bad?”
can you please give me your openions about this subject.

                                                     Thank you

It’s bad. The more people competing against us to be weirdos makes us look more normal.

Ethical competition is good.
Unethical competition is bad.

Hi,

My opinion is that overall, competition is good, with some caveats,
because it can increase sport
standards, bring people together, and give people goals to shoot for.

However, I think that there can be a really significant downside to
competition in a sport. In
many sports, competition is recognized as the ONLY option if you wish to
pursue that sport at a
high level (obviously there are non-competitive options at a lower
technical level in any sport).
This, in my opinion, is unfortunate because the narrowly defined goals
of a competition can really
restrict development of a sport.

Climbing is a good example of a sport that is successfully adopting both
competitive and
non-competitive sides of the sport. There are climbers that are
recognized as being the best in
the world in their area, that have never competed in their lives. This
environment allows way
greater freedom to pursue something at a very high level, outside the
creatively restricting
elements of competition. Would mixed-climbing (combination of rock and
ice climbing) have been
invented if all of the best climbers all aspired to be competetive world
champions at some
speed-oriented discipline? I don’t think so.

In unicycling, I think it’s really cool that some people work
incredibly hard to develop
high-level skills, and do it for it’s own sake, not because they feel
the need to compete. I’m
not at all saying that competition is a bad thing, just that it is very
important to emphasize
that it is not the only option for riders wishing to pursue a sport at a
high level.

-Kris.

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> Hi
> I am a student in college proparatory center, and my teacher ask me
> to do research about “competition: is it good or bad?”
> can you please give me your openions about this subject.
>
> Thank you
>


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> In unicycling, I think it’s really cool that some people work
> incredibly hard to develop high-level skills, and do it for it’s own
> sake, not because they feel the need to compete. I’m not at all
saying
> that competition is a bad thing, just that it is very important to
> emphasize that it is not the only option for riders wishing to pursue
a
> sport at a high level.
>
> -Kris.

After reading that, I realize that one of the main reasons I got into
unicycling in the first place was I’d never heard of any competitions.
Often, with competitive sports, I am afraid to begin learning because I
will compare myself with those highly rated athletes. (Maybe I’m
thinking
more publicity of the sport than competition within.)

lutkus

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> Ethical competition is good.
> Unethical competition is bad.

Competition brings out both the good and the bad in people. It has both
very
powerful pros and cons. For your report to say anything otherwise would
be
very shallow.

I agree with Gilby’s short assessment. I like to think of the Olympics
as an
example of ethical competition. The athletes push themselves to levels
never
previously attained, and even the spectators feel enlightened by being a
part of the occurrance.

For bad or unethical competition, I will cite little-leage baseball (or
other youth sports), where sometimes parents’ wishes for victory are
allowed
to outweigh the need for fair play and educating the kids about the
meaning
of sport (and competition).

Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

“You’re not supposed to wash your Roach armor” - Nathan Hoover, on
safety
equipment cleaning methods

Greetings

In message “RE: competition: Good OR Bad*”,
John Foss wrote…
>> Ethical competition is good.
>> Unethical competition is bad.
>
>Competition brings out both the good and the bad in people. It has both very
>powerful pros and cons. For your report to say anything otherwise would be
>very shallow.

What I don’t like about the “competetive spirits” is that for most Japanese competitors
competition is cut-throat and that for them all that matters is winning. I am sure
Unicon participants have seen this at Unicons.

>I agree with Gilby’s short assessment. I like to think of the Olympics as an
>example of ethical competition. The athletes push themselves to levels never
>previously attained, and even the spectators feel enlightened by being a
>part of the occurrance.
>
>For bad or unethical competition, I will cite little-leage baseball (or
>other youth sports), where sometimes parents’ wishes for victory are allowed
>to outweigh the need for fair play and educating the kids about the meaning
>of sport (and competition).
>
>Stay on top,
>John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
>jfoss@unicycling.com
>www.unicycling.com
>
>
>“You’re not supposed to wash your Roach armor” - Nathan Hoover, on safety
>equipment cleaning methods
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“Jack Halpern” <jack@kanji.org> wrote in message
news:mailman.1012257458.28290.rsu@unicycling.org
> What I don’t like about the “competetive spirits” is that for most
Japanese competitors
> competition is cut-throat and that for them all that matters is winning. I
am sure
> Unicon participants have seen this at Unicons.

You see this sometimes at mtb races, I was pre-riding the course at one when
we stopped to let the ‘veteran’ category go past and whilst pretty much
everyone was having a laugh there were one or two people really swearing
their heads off at the people who rode the climb slower than them.

But 99.999% of mountain bikers seem to be pretty relaxed about the whole
race / competition thing. Mtb competitions are almost exactly what I think
competition should be about, a bunch of people out to have a laugh, take the
piss, meet new people whilst testing peoples skill level and letting you
know how good you are relative to other riders. The really cool thing is the
attitude towards ss & unicycle people, I can’t imagine rowers for example
giving people respect for entering races in deliberately slowed down boats
because they find them more fun to ride, whereas the support from the mtb
community for people doing something a little different is wicked…

Joe

“Jack Halpern” <jack@kanji.org> wrote in message
news:mailman.1012257458.28290.rsu@unicycling.org
> What I don’t like about the “competetive spirits” is that for most
Japanese competitors
> competition is cut-throat and that for them all that matters is winning. I
am sure
> Unicon participants have seen this at Unicons.

You see this sometimes at mtb races, I was pre-riding the course at one when
we stopped to let the ‘veteran’ category go past and whilst pretty much
everyone was having a laugh there were one or two people really swearing
their heads off at the people who rode the climb slower than them.

But 99.999% of mountain bikers seem to be pretty relaxed about the whole
race / competition thing. Mtb competitions are almost exactly what I think
competition should be about, a bunch of people out to have a laugh, take the
piss, meet new people whilst testing peoples skill level and letting you
know how good you are relative to other riders. The really cool thing is the
attitude towards ss & unicycle people, I can’t imagine rowers for example
giving people respect for entering races in deliberately slowed down boats
because they find them more fun to ride, whereas the support from the mtb
community for people doing something a little different is wicked…

Joe