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The Legacy of Cyclist Fiorenzo Magni | Handling Defeat with Grace

I’ll be honest, I had no idea who Fiorenzo Magni was until a few days ago.

October 12 was the anniversary of his death – he lived to be 91 years old and passed just three years ago.

Magni was a legendary road cyclist, with one of his many career highlights being an astounding three overall wins at Giro d’Italia among many other successes in the world of cycling. Not only that, but he was a great salesperson, convincing Nivea to become the first ‘extrasportif’ (non-bicycle industry) title sponsor of a professional team and later opening a successful (and I believe still thriving) auto-dealership when his professional cycling career ended.

Fiorenzo Magni winning a stage of the Tour de France in 1953. He never won the race’s overall title. Photo by: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Fiorenzo Magni winning a stage of the Tour de France in 1953. He never won the race’s overall title. Photo by: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

One of the most notable images of Magni is the one pictured here, from a the Giro d’Italia 1956, his last race as Pro. In stage 12, he had a crash and broke his left clavicle. The docs suggested he not continue, but he didn’t consider quitting. He showed up the next day, rode like this, with an innertube clenched in his mouth to hold and stabilize the handlebars, and took 2nd place overall in the race. He speaks to the event in this extensive interview.

Magni-tube
“Just before the stage started I tried to ride my bike on a climb and I noticed I couldn’t use the muscles of my left arm to pull on the handle bar very hard. So my mechanic, Faliero Masi, the best mechanic of all time, cut a piece of inner tube and suggested I pull it with my mouth. That was a great idea!”

I can be almost certain that Magni is not remembered by his family and friends by how many medals he won, or yellow jerseys he wore, but by his character through both the wins, and the losses.

When asked about a major loss, he said the following :

“In life, defeats are more likely to happen than wins. Losing to Coppi and Bartali, and therefore congratulating them, is an experience that I am happy to have had and an experience that taught me a lot. I have always admired them for what they could do and esteemed them for who they were. Not only were they champions, they were also great men. Why do you think we are still speaking about them? Because they made history. I consider myself lucky because racing with them I could be part of this history. I would have won more without them but it wouldn’t have been during a legendary cycling era.”

It’s interesting to me that when you research Magni, this quote is one that pops up multiple places. There is no way for him to know, looking back on all his years, how he would be remembered. That being said, it is obvious he took great pride and incredible passion in his craft, and in overcoming adversity – and the documentation of that will live forever.

Proof that what you say and do can – and will – still matter long after you are gone.

I hope that I am able to handle defeat the way this guy was.

May Fiorenzo Magni’s legacy of gratitude, grace, and passion for cycling, live on forever.

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Sources and Resources: 

Fiorenzo Magni, Italian Cyclist, Dies at 91 Bruce Weber, October 27, 2012, for The New York Times

Wikipedia – Fiorenzo Magni

Fiorenzo Magni, a bridge between the legendary past and the modern era of cycling by Valeria Paoletti and Bill McGann in January 2006

Pneumonia, Steroid Psychosis, & Choosing Health First

A couple weeks ago I registered to attend Thrive: Make Money Matter in Las Vegas scheduled for this weekend. I was SO excited not only for the incredible speaker lineup, but also to support Wes Chapman and A Human Project, and last but certainly not least, celebrate his gorgeous fiance, my friend Jodie, as her birthday also falls today. (Happy Birthday Jodie! Check out her amazing clean eatin’ blog here!)

Alas, around the weekend of September 20, I started to get sick. I remember sneezing – you know that sick sneeze you get where you just know more sickness is upon you? Continue reading “Pneumonia, Steroid Psychosis, & Choosing Health First”

Having a Choice vs. Having to Choose and How to Do It

Would you rather have a choice or not have a choice?

or

Would you rather have to choose or not have to choose?

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The Law of Process: Leadership Develops Daily, Not In a Day

Champions don’t become Champions in the ring. They are merely recognized there.

I learned a good lesson yesterday. In my brain I’m constantly and excessively challenging myself to do better.

I like to have the baseline for which I live at “extraordinary” and I know I’m intense and crazy and hard to handle. (to my future husband – if you’re reading this one day – I promise I have other highly redeeming qualities to make up for it) Continue reading “The Law of Process: Leadership Develops Daily, Not In a Day”

I’m Back: Stop Stalling, Create Stuff, and Set Deadlines

I was just listening to Ira Glass discuss creativity and making stuff in this gem of a video.

The first couple years you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t that great. It’s trying to be good — it has ambition to be good… But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. Your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is a disappointment to you… A lot of people never get past that phase. A lot of people at that point — they quit. And the thing I would say to you, with all of my heart, is that most everybody I know who does interesting, creative work, they went through years of this. They knew what they were making fell short. Everybody goes through that. You gotta know it’s normal.

He goes on to talk about the most important thing you can do.

Continue reading “I’m Back: Stop Stalling, Create Stuff, and Set Deadlines”

A Tribute to Scott Dinsmore and His Legacy

“The fastest way to do the things you think you can’t do is to hang out with people already doing them.” Scott Dinsmore

Scott owned the room. We were at a bar in Portland, Oregon, for the Live Your Legend Meetup prior to WDS 2014. Hundreds of people in the room, and Scott walked around with his beautiful wife entertaining, meticulously connecting people to one another, introducing everyone. He was having a blast, smiling, and when he got up to give a speech about how amazed he was that this community existed in this way, and how LYL local groups around the world had converged, and how proud that made him, I was in tears.  Continue reading “A Tribute to Scott Dinsmore and His Legacy”

How I Learned to Connect with Anyone Even as an Introvert

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

If you’ve been reading my blog at all, or following me on Facebook, you know that I’m always doing something different – traveling, meeting authors that I love, planning a trip across the globe, attending conferences for fun, etc. A lot of what I am doing now has to do with a decision I made 8 months ago! This deserves a bit of background…  Continue reading “How I Learned to Connect with Anyone Even as an Introvert”

20 Take-Aways from World Domination Summit 2014

How do you want to be remembered?

This is the question Michael Hyatt asked a theatre full of 2,500 unconventional people from all over the world last weekend in Portland, Oregon. I got goosebumps as he talked about legacy as something that you are building every day and creating for yourself. This was just one of the many impactful moments of the weekend. In an effort to keep a long story short, here are some tidbits and takeaways. But first… Continue reading “20 Take-Aways from World Domination Summit 2014”

Recap: December 2013 Fundraiser for The Arthritis Foundation

Last night was amazing!

  • Thank you to all of my friends and strangers who came out to support The Arthritis Foundation and those who couldn’t make it but called & texted me, and everyone who donated through my fundraising site! I seriously have the best friends. You are unbelievably generous.

Continue reading “Recap: December 2013 Fundraiser for The Arthritis Foundation”

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