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Winner-Take-All Attitude Not New to Olympics

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Winner-Take-All Attitude Not New to Olympics

Winner-Take-All Attitude Not New to Olympics

Winner-Take-All Attitude Not New to Olympics

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The winner-take-all approach to competition at the Olympics dates back to the ancient Greeks, but was softened by the Victorian revival of the Games. In many ways, modern athletes' gold-or-nothing attitudes and occasional boasting reflect the original Olympic spirit. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.