It's hard to lose.
It's even harder to talk about losing.
It's just about the hardest thing ever to talk about losing to the media, with an estimated 13.5 million people watching back home in the United States and untold millions tuning in around the globe.
That's exactly what made the interviews Team USA gave to the national media after their stunning loss to Japan in the World Cup final so special.
With the victors celebrating under a steady stream of confetti just yards from them, players like Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Heather O'Reilly gave interview after interview and not once did they proclaim to be better than the Japanese squad.
Not once did they complain about the refs screwing them out of a victory. And not once did they fail to give credit to a team that was better when it mattered most.
That's how to be a healthy loser.
But Team USA wasn't the only squad to bow out gracefully this year, and they certainly won't be the last.
Here's a look at the top 10 classiest losers from this sports year.