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Long-drop podiums

Give someone else a chance next time.
 
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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 ...

8th of 7, Feb 14 2018

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       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...)
neutrinos_shadow, Feb 14 2018
  

       How bizarrely communist.
RayfordSteele, Feb 14 2018
  

       After the first time athletes would avoid winning.
bigsleep, Feb 16 2018
  

       'It' is always a personal strive. We are our biggest handicap. No flume needed.
wjt, Feb 16 2018
  
      
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