Sport fosters many things that are good; teamwork and leadership.
For kids it's natural to be competitive.
But if kids take up things like hockey and football they will go back to it.
If you're not in it you can't win it.
We live in the best place on earth but at times the worst.
When I lost my decathlon world record I took it like a man. I only cried for ten hours.
Being a decathlete is like having ten girlfriends. You have to love them all, and you can't afford losing one.
Most people doing the decathlon these days are quite boring, so people don't relate to them.
Kids are starting at such a low base rate in terms of fitness that it's taking them years to catch up to where people like me started from. Every little bit is making it more difficult for kids to succeed on a world stage.
In my heart of hearts my motivation would always have been to be the best, and I think that athletics is probably what I was built for.