All That Glitters Is Not...Silver : Blog Of The Nation Second place feels worse than both first and third -- ever had the silver blues?

All That Glitters Is Not...Silver

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So you've won gold -- good for you! You've won bronze -- well done, you're a medalist! Silver.... eh... meh. Silver is the slighter sister of the medals, that somewhat middling ground that damns with faint sheen. A new study out of Cornell studied the reactions of medalists and found that silver medalists at the Olympics tend to compare themselves against athletes better off than they -- while bronze medalists do the opposite, and compare themselves with people who did worse. Today, we're talking about why second place is so hard on people, and we want to hear from you -- if you've won silver, or second, how did it feel?