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What Do the World’s Winners Have in Common?

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Winners come in various different forms but many of them have similar personality traits. That's the view of a recent infographic, which studied hundreds of winners from the 21st century, ranging from sports and film stars to musicians and authors, to understand what these individuals have in common. Whether it's superstar award-winners at the BAFTAs and BRITs or gold medal winners at the Olympic Games, the infographic demonstrates that the world's winners have several familiar characteristics.


Those aged between 20-30 win most frequently

Although the average age of a first-time winner in all industries is 32-years-old, the most common period of life winners succeed is in their twenties, according to Betway Casino's recent infographic. In the sports industry, for instance, athletes are said to be in their peak fitness and condition in their twenties, allowing them to perform to the best of their abilities and stay at the top of their game. The world's most decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps, who has 23 Olympic gold medals to his name, scooped the last five medals at the 2016 Rio Games at the age of 31, before opting to retire from swimming. There's also plenty of talented youngsters in their mid-teens that have had the aptitude to set up in business. There are anomalies like Sir Chris Hoy, who maintained the passion and drive to win five gold medals and one silver at the 2012 London Olympics aged 36. That's why the average age sits at 32-years-old, particularly with industries such as television and film giving professionals a longer shelf life. In business, it's also entirely possible for successful professionals not to find their dream job until later in life. One thing winners across the industries need is a desire to continually improve and never get stale.

Winners are well-educated and well-versed in their professions

It's also interesting to note that the majority of successful men and women in the world are educated to degree level. Although being well-qualified is no guarantee of success, it's no secret that those who are given the tools to succeed have a far better chance than those who must make their own tools. There are several examples of superstars with few qualifications that have gone on to achieve amazing things, such as Celine Dion, Shania Twain and former Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker, whose families lived on the breadline and were forced to work hard to make ends meet. These difficult upbringings gave these stars the work ethic and humility to respect every cent they earn.

More winners are cancers than any other star sign

The infographic also states that the most common star sign among the world's winners is cancer. Astrostyle states that cancers are patient, creative and nurturing, which suggests that they care deeply about their professional careers as well as their loved ones. Cancers gain energy from being able to cling to comforts, be it job security or family and friends.

More winners are born on a Tuesday

Were you born on a Tuesday? You could be set for stardom if this infographic is anything to go by, with more of the world's winners born on a Tuesday than any other day of the week. Day of Birth says that those born on a Tuesday have warrior-like qualities, and are active, brave and serious about their work – all traits that a successful athlete, entrepreneur or entertainer require to make the big time.

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A Modern Day Witch Hunt: How Caster Semenya's Gender Became A Hot Topic In The Media

Gender divisions in sports have primarily served to keep women out of what has always been believed to be a male domain. The idea of women participating alongside men has been regarded with contempt under the belief that women were made physically inferior.


Within their own division, women have reached new heights, received accolades for outstanding physical performance and endurance, and have proven themselves to be as capable of athletic excellence as men. In spite of women's collective fight to be recognized as equals to their male counterparts, female athletes must now prove their womanhood in order to compete alongside their own gender.

That has been the reality for Caster Semenya, a South African Olympic champion, who has been at the center of the latest gender discrimination debate across the world. After crushing her competition in the women's 800-meter dash in 2016, Semenya was subjected to scrutiny from her peers based upon her physical appearance, calling her gender into question. Despite setting a new national record for South Africa and attaining the title of fifth fastest woman in Olympic history, Semenya's success was quickly brushed aside as she became a spectacle for all the wrong reasons.

Semenya's gender became a hot topic among reporters as the Olympic champion was subjected to sex testing by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). According to Ruth Padawer from the New York Times, Semenya was forced to undergo relentless examination by gender experts to determine whether or not she was woman enough to compete as one. While the IAAF has never released the results of their testing, that did not stop the media from making irreverent speculations about the athlete's gender.

Moments after winning the Berlin World Athletics Championship in 2009, Semenya was faced with immediate backlash from fellow runners. Elisa Cusma who suffered a whopping defeat after finishing in sixth place, felt as though Semenya was too masculine to compete in a women's race. Cusma stated, "These kind of people should not run with us. For me, she is not a woman. She's a man." While her statement proved insensitive enough, her perspective was acknowledged and appeared to be a mutually belief among the other white female competitors.

Fast forward to 2018, the IAAF issued new Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification (Athlete with Differences of Sexual Development) that apply to events from 400m to the mile, including 400m hurdles races, 800m, and 1500m. The regulations created by the IAAF state that an athlete must be recognized at law as either female or intersex, she must reduce her testosterone level to below 5 nmol/L continuously for the duration of six months, and she must maintain her testosterone levels to remain below 5 nmol/L during and after competing so long as she wishes to be eligible to compete in any future events. It is believed that these new rules have been put into effect to specifically target Semenya given her history of being the most recent athlete to face this sort of discrimination.

With these regulations put into effect, in combination with the lack of information about whether or not Semenya is biologically a female of male, society has seemed to come to the conclusion that Semenya is intersex, meaning she was born with any variation of characteristics, chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals. After her initial testing, there had been alleged leaks to media outlets such as Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper which stated that Semenya's results proved that her testosterone levels were too high. This information, while not credible, has been widely accepted as fact. Whether or not Semenya is intersex, society appears to be missing the point that no one is entitled to this information. Running off their newfound acceptance that the Olympic champion is intersex, it calls into question whether her elevated levels of testosterone makes her a man.

The IAAF published a study concluding that higher levels of testosterone do, in fact, contribute to the level of performance in track and field. However, higher testosterone levels have never been the sole determining factor for sex or gender. There are conditions that affect women, such as PCOS, in which the ovaries produce extra amounts of testosterone. However, those women never have their womanhood called into question, nor should they—and neither should Semenya.

Every aspect of the issue surrounding Semenya's body has been deplorable, to say the least. However, there has not been enough recognition as to how invasive and degrading sex testing actually is. For any woman, at any age, to have her body forcibly examined and studied like a science project by "experts" is humiliating and unethical. Under no circumstances have Semenya's health or well-being been considered upon discovering that her body allegedly produces an excessive amount of testosterone. For the sake of an organization, for the comfort of white female athletes who felt as though Semenya's gender was an unfair advantage against them, Semenya and other women like her, must undergo hormone treatment to reduce their performance to that of which women are expected to perform at. Yet some women within the athletic community are unphased by this direct attempt to further prove women as inferior athletes.

As difficult as this global invasion of privacy has been for the athlete, the humiliation and sense of violation is felt by her people in South Africa. Writer and activist, Kari, reported that Semenya has had the country's undying support since her first global appearance in 2009. Even after the IAAF released their new regulations, South Africans have refuted their accusations. Kari stated, "The Minister of Sports and Recreation and the Africa National Congress, South Africa's ruling party labeled the decision as anti-sport, racist, and homophobic." It is no secret that the build and appearance of Black women have always been met with racist and sexist commentary. Because Black women have never managed to fit into the European standard of beauty catered to and in favor of white women, the accusations of Semenya appearing too masculine were unsurprising.

Despite the countless injustices Semenya has faced over the years, she remains as determined as ever to return to track and field and compete amongst women as the woman she is. Her fight against the IAAF's regulations continues as the Olympic champion has been receiving and outpour of support in wake of the Association's decision. Semenya is determined to run again, win again, and set new and inclusive standards for women's sports.