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A personal reminder of why trying trumps failure

Updated: June 15, 2012, 4:46 PM ET
By Kathryn Bertine

Two weeks ago, I raced my final stage of the Exergy Tour in Idaho and crossed the line in less than first place. I knew immediately I had not earned enough qualification points to make it to London, and my Olympic dream, more than six years in the making, was over.

I remember rain, sadness, fatigue and disappointment, but I recall few other details about the day except for my father's phone call that night. I thought he was calling to give me one of his great pep talks about being ...

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