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The winner's podium (gold) at Olympic events has a trapdoor.
The gold medal is attached to a hangman's noose.
The winners mount the steps and receive their medals; the anthems play; SWISH-THUD, the gold medallist vanishes into oblivion.
Now, the field is clear at the next Olympics for a different
competitor to shine ...
||Why? The way I see it, you're the best until somebody else beats you. Ergo, the current best needs to compete.
Otherwise, you get the usual "everyone's a winner" mentality that discourages anyone from trying.
(The other side of the coin is casinos: if you're too good at winning, they don't want you to come back...)
||'It' is always a personal strive. We are our biggest handicap.
No flume needed.