During every event, especially where athletes are crowded together, there are a few people who fall down, destroying any chance they had of winning. I just want to hug them. That must be an awful feeling.
You need some self awareness and self confidence to become a great athlete. How would you improve if you constantly think you're the best even if you get your ass handed to you? You need to find your own weaknesses to be able to improve. That's why the bad attituded sore losers are home watching the olympics in their couch wondering why athletes respect eachother.
Ofc they are. They are just acting
Crying doesn't necessarily make you a bad sportsman. You've just finished an event that you've trained for years for, working hard and putting in so much effort and sacrifice.
And one error, one little mistake and you've blown your chances at the big prize. I'd be pretty damn upset at that point too, I'm actually amazed how many of them keep their composure and go to congratulate the winner, it's exceptionally positive conduct.
That said, if I trained and sacrificed everything and came second to someone like Usain Bolt, I'd be overjoyed. There's no shame in being second best to one of the all time greats.
1) for the major sports, most of these people are professional athletes, thus a rage in front of millions hurts their sponsorship value.
2) for fringe sports, they get a chance to play in front of thousands of people live and millions worldwide, where they'll only draw 20 to 30 people at a typical tournament. Really how many people go and watch skeet shooting tournaments?
3) most people are actually pretty decent people, and getting 4th is still 4th best in the world, that's still pretty cool.
4) most will do their whining off camera, kind of like the swimming controversies of this year where behind closed doors there was talk about some of the chinese swimmers doping or otherwise. Or the age controversy of the chinese gymnasts from the last olympics.
Errr not all of them are.
China seemed like really bad losers to me this Olympics.