Roger Milla’s samba with the corner flag, Peter Crouch’s Robot Dance or Pele leaping into the arms of other players with the biggest grin, or this goalkeeper’s extraordinary celebration or, this fan singing and dancing and inspiring a stadium, or perhaps this 19 year old jockey’s unbridled joy as he wins the 2011 Epson Derby* – what’s your favourite celebration?
Some say that the young French jockey’s celebration was dangerous. But surely it was better than ‘Rooney’s Rage’ style celebrations , that we see on TV screens every week as millionaire footballers release angry tension with roars and aggressive fists (see why do people celebrate with anger?). Where is the joy gone?
Do players forget the fun, excitement and joy of playing in top class competitions? Research into England’s most recent World Cup flop revealed ‘fear of failure’ as the major factor.
Great players do not fear failure. In fact they have, what sports psychologists call, ‘Failure Tolerance’ – they don’t beat themselves up when they make a mistake. They just get on with it as in the case of Martin Palermo who once missed three penalties in one match for Argentina but never gave up and went to score the goal that put them into the last World Cup.
The former junkie basketball player now coach highlighted last month seems to have it right. He gets kids to enjoy their game first and foremost. Come to think of it, the world’s most successful football/soccer manager, Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson constantly reminds his players to ‘enjoy themselves’.
So come on, let’s get the joyous celebrations back into sport. Share your favourite celebration here by posting a comment. Tell me about your favourite celebration (in any sport).
Thanks to Paul Bowket for alerting me about the unbridled joy of the young French jockey as he comes from nowhere to win the 2011 Derby (*2 mins 30 seconds).
Finally, do not celebrate prematurely, as it can come back and bite you (watch this video).
Tell us your story. Either ‘Leave A Reply’ in the comment box below or select ‘Share Your Moment’ from the panels on the left hand side at the top of the page.
You might also enjoy the ‘Best Sportsmanship Moments World Cup 2014‘ which has some great celebrations.