Sure I fence to win, but it’s more important to me that I fence well. This sport means everything to me – I love everything about it, the physicality, the strategy, the respect. Above all else, I want to honor this sport in everything that I do. Fencing has helped me figure out who I am, who I want to be, and I owe it my undying respect. The world of fencing is the way life should be.
Winning is one way of honoring the sport, as it demonstrates that you’ve made the sacrifices necessary, put in the requisite hard work, done what you needed to do in order to make yourself a winner. Winning is never an accident – it is a demonstration of one’s character.
But losing shows even more about your character, or rather it’s how you respond to losing. It’s when you lose that you show how much you respect the sport, and how dedicated you are to the sport. It’s when you decide you want to learn from your loses and improve your skill that you show you’re devoted to this sport.