You know nothing about athlete's spirit if you think they would take a defeat over a gold medal.
That´s because i´m not an athleth. But as a sport achievement, reaching the final of a Slam is by far more important than to win an Olympic Medal, because Slams are by far more important than Olympics.
Is like reaching the final of a TMS vs WInning a 250 tournament...
Of course if I were a tennis player I´d choose the Medal, but we must be serious, in this sport is by far more important the GS. They are the most important competition, not the Olympics.
And also, excepto for this Olympics, which are played on a historic place, winning in Atlant, Seúl, Pekin, is not more important than reaching the final in such places like Roland Garros, WImbledon, Us Open and Melbourne.
There´s impossible to establish a comparation between those events