Canada To The Rescue! Canadian Coach Comes to the Rescue of Fallen Russian Skier

Coach Wadsworth

Forget poorly constructed Russian hotels and mass stray dog killings, this is what the Olympics is about – sportsmanship!

Canada took its notorious politeness to a new level today when the Canadian cross-country ski coach Justin Wadsworth came to the aid of a Russian skier who had damaged his skis in a crash.

Russia’s Anton Gafarov crashed and broke a ski during a semifinal heat in the men’s cross-country sprint. While struggling to reach the finish line on a broken ski, Gafarov fell again, rendering the ski pretty much useless. Although he was clearly wasn’t getting any medals for this run,  Gafarov still wanted to finish the race – but it looked like he might have to walk to the finish line. Enter the Canadian coach.

Coach Wadsworth ran onto the slope with a spare ski and quickly fastened it to Gafarov’s boot, effectively saving the day!

“It was like watching an animal stuck in a trap. You can’t just sit there and do nothing about it,” Wadsworth said later.

“I wanted him to have dignity as he crossed the finish line.”

Even though his own cross-country ski team was eliminated early, Wadsworth won over the crowd with his simple act of sportsmanship. Or maybe he was just paying back a favour. During the 2006 Olympics in Torino, the Norwegian cross-country skiing coach Bjornar Haakensmoen tossed Canadian Sara Renner his own pole once she’d lost hers. Renner, a teammate of Wadsworth’s wife, Beckie Scott, ended up winning the silver while the Norwegians placed fourth.

As a token of their appreciation, fans across Canada donated five tonnes of maple syrup to Haakensmoen as a thank you gift. So I guess Justin Wadsworth can expect a crate of vodka to be shipped to his house?

Via: Toronto Star

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