I remember having a conversation with the late and great 1999 Women's World Cup soccer head coach Tony DiCicco. He said he always left the final two or three spots on the roster for the supportive and hard-working players who may never see time on the pitch. Although sometimes obscure, he said they are no less valuable than the starters.
For Tony, it was much more than just showing up to practice and putting in the work. These players challenge the team to improve. They prioritize team cohesion over individual success. They support and push those around them to be better. They know their roles and their importance to the larger sum. And at the end of the day, they too won a gold medal - made from the same mold, same gold.