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For Olympians, finishing second can be hard to accept

For Olympians who dream of winning a gold medal, falling just short can feel like missing the opportunity of a lifetime. British rower Annie Vernon, who won a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics, says just missing gold can be tougher to process than finishing well out of the medals.

Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway celebrates his gold medal victory as Alex Yee of Great Britain crosses the finish line for the silver medal during the men's individual triathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, on July 26, 2021. (David Goldman / AP)

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