athlete |ˈaθˌlēt| noun a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. • chiefly Brit. a person who is skilled in competitive track and field events (athletics). ORIGIN late Middle English : from Latin athleta, from Greek athlētēs, from athlein ‘compete for a prize,’ from athlon ‘prize.’
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As a retired amateur bike racer and triathlete, I do consider myself an athlete even though I don't compete anymore. I still do some occasional races but not competitively anymore. Probably anyone who really makes an effort to become fit... then strives to improve their fitness, even though they are not competing, is an athlete. It's all about trying to do your best and consistently trying to improve.
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Maybe another definition of "athlete" would be some one who pays an entry fee to get a race number and does a course that a third party had laid out, at a time that suited the third party and not necessarily yourself. In that case I am an athelete. (We used to say that the difference between a jogger and a runer is the entrance fee)
After some thought, I think I am. I asked my friend who is a triathlete, of course I figured she was. I've only raced twice, I don't think competition necessarily means you're an athlete. I value our sport, though, and strive to get better at it.
What about a fixie rider that competes in alley cats, athlete?
You have some of the best questions, requiring some thoughtful answers.
But it is accepted that cycling is a sport, and I regularly participate in cycling, it should be accepted that I am an athlete. Far from professional, and don't compete against anyone, but frequently compete (if that is the appropriate term) with a lot of people who challenge each other.
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I think an athlete is someone who competes against others.
Although I have done some racing, I have always only competed against myself. So by my own definition, I do not qualify.
But since I am not dead yet, it could happen! lol
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A sportsperson (gendered as sportsman or sportswoman) or athlete is a person who participates regularly in a sport. (For the different meaning of "athlete" in British and American English, see Athlete of the Year.)
Athletes can be professional or amateur. A superior athlete is one who has above average physical skills (strength, agility, and endurance) and is thus more suited for physical competition. The word athletes is a direct Romanticization of the Greek: Î¬Î¸Î»Î·Ï„Î·Ï‚ [athletes], one who participates in a contest.
Given that I'm an amateur that regularly participates in the sport, I'm an athlete. I also run, take karate, aerobics, and lift weights but that shouldn't matter.
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