Just curious to see what you all would say. Feel free to comment and defend your answers.
For the record I'm going to go with no. I am a coach and an athlete. I've represented Canada twice. When I did, I said to one of my teammates, just before the event: "You know that moment you wait your entire life for? This is it!" It was pretty cool. I did not have much international success though. I like my nice balanced life, and I feel like I've contributed to my sport, and can continue to do so without needing to be the best. To be the best you need a combination of talent, durability, consistency, and timing. As and athlete I had two of four. As a coach, I like to think I have all four. Time will tell. I hope this doesn't influence your answers. I don't think there is a right or wrong answer. The real meaning comes in the justification, I think.