Excess in sport

The notion of excess is commonly associated with emotions out of control.—-And it can lead to flamboyant triumphs – like Olympic Games opening ceremonies – or to military excesses like American overkill with napalm, cluster bombs, land mines and Agent Orange in Vietnam —-

But a depth of excess can also be seen closely associated with rationality, calculation, meticulousness, care, attention to detail, and perfect self-control. That was the excessive world of Lance Armstrong”. (‘Will to Win’, page 36)