Background: People's character is formed by virtue among which can be found courage. The importance of virtues is probably in the fact that they provide evaluative reading in
themselves and the others, and they compose a reference framework of which each human being is understood. In sports, the athlete represents courage, because of his willingness to face the challenges
of preparing to manifest publicly at the time of competition. Courage is regarded as one of the Olympic values, along with friendship, excellence, respect, determination, inspiration and equality. The
objective of this paper is to discuss the concept of the virtue of courage as presented in the biographical narratives of Brazilian Olympic athletes
Methods: 10 Brazilian Olympic athletes who participated in the Olympic Games of Moscow (1980), Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and Beijing (2008), whose narratives
spontaneously expressed this virtue.
Results: These overcame the challenges of competition, social and family obstacles and as well, honored the confidence that has been deposited in them. Those were the elements
identified with concept of courage.
Conclusions: The virtue of courage found in the narratives of athletes favors the understanding of the human being inserted in their social context and form reference framework
organized according to moral and ethical values, and in each person for him to be virtuous, it is not just doing well, but what is good.