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