The Spirit of Competition is the name of a Gaia storyline manga released July 1 to explain the reasoning behind Gaia Olympics 2k8. Instead of featuring Gaia characters, however, it is made using real-life photos of Derek Liu, creator of Gaia Online.


The manga starts with Liu watching the Olympic Games, which gives him an idea. He phones the International Olympic Committee and requests that Gaia Online be the next Olympic host country. He says that it isn't really a country, although it has millions of people, and ends up getting into a heated argument which results in the phone being thrown out of the window.

Depressed, he turns to alcohol and chain smoking. He suddenly gets the idea that Gaia should host its own Rejected Olympics with all the sports that the real Olympics turned down.

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