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    champion

    Is a winner in any kind of competition in sport called "a champion"? No matter if it is a local competition, school competition or national competition.
    For example:
    'Last year I was in a rowing competition. My team was first' says Grace.
    Is Grace a champion?
    Can we call her a champion not knowing anything more about this competition?

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    Re: champion

    Yes.

    champion n
    • a person who has defeated all others in a competition:
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    #3

    Re: champion

    Yes, you can be conference champion, regional champion, district champion, state champion, etc.

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    Re: champion

    I am not a teacher.

    One should be wary of how dictionary definitions are interpreted.

    The winner of a championship is correctly called a champion. The winner of other sporting events may be a champion or just the winner.

    The winner/champion has not necessarily defeated all other participants. Some of them may have been defeated by other competitors before having the opportunity to go against the ultimate "champion".

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