Why must there be a first place?
This isn’t a competition.
This is Millennial nonsense. What’s wrong with wanting to be the best? Be first? Of course it’s a competition! Most things should be, else our advancements will slow to a crawl. Racing to be the first to invent the next great thing (cures/medicine, vehicles, space travel, whatever), literally competing for the most Gold Medals. Why wouldn’t one want to say that they live in the Greatest Country on Earth? Why wouldn’t/shouldn’t every country strive to be just that?