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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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Angela Merkel Breaks Her Pelvis Skiing

Angela Merkel Skiing

Two Germans down, more to go? A week after Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a pelvic fracture after falling during a cross-country ski trip.

While Schumacher’s injury sent the 45-year-old German into a medically induced coma while he fights for his life, Angela Merkel’s injury was a bit less severe. Merkel, 59, had been skiing “at low speeds” while on vacation in the Swiss Alps when she fell, cracking her pelvis.

Ski experts say cross-country skiing is much less dangerous than downhill – probably because the trails are flat and cross-country skiers go at the pace of snails…

“Without wanting to play down what happened to Mrs. Merkel, the chances of injury in cross-country skiing are slim compared to downhill,” said Michael Berner of Germany’s Foundation for Ski Safety. “Still, anyone who does cross-country skiing should learn to do it properly first and have a certain level of fitness.”

But apparently both types of skiing have the ability to knock out a German.

According to a chief government spokesman, the Chancellor will be out of commission for three weeks while her fractured pelvis heals. The doctor has ordered her to remain lying down as much as possible in the next three weeks and avoid any unnecessary trips.

Luckily, Merkel can just call up her personal masseuse, George W. Bush, and get another awkward rub down to aid her recovery.

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Via: CBC News

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Michael Schumacher

Current Event Cat - Schumacher

Confirming my fear of downhill sports, Formula One racing star Michael Schumacher is in critical condition after a ski accident in the French Alps.

Schumacher was skiing with his teenage son when he fell and hit his head on a rock. Luckily, the 44-year-old German was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, otherwise he definitely would not have made it to the hospital. Unluckily, the helmet wasn’t sufficient and he suffered a pretty rough head injury anyways.

Following the accident, Schumacher arrived at a hospital in the nearby town of Moutiers, where his neurological condition “deteriorated rapidly”. After being taken to a larger facility in Grenoble, Schumacher was put in a medically induced coma while he fights for his life.

“We had to operate urgently to release some pressure in his head,” said Grenoble University Medical Center chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen.

Doctors say they are working “hour by hour” and all they can do at this point is wait.

“We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher,” the anesthesiologist said.

The case is pretty similar to the accident that killed actress Natasha Richardson five years ago in Mont Tremblant. Richardson, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, fell and hit her head during a ski lesson on a beginner’s slope. After initially refusing treatment, Richardson eventually died from blunt trauma to the head, causing massive internal bleeding in the brain. In a similar vein, Sonny Bono was also killed while skiing after hitting a tree and Michael Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, died in a ski accident in Colorado.

So if celebrities have taught us anything, it’s to avoid skiing. Or at the very least, wear a helmet – no matter how much of a dork you look like.

Via: BBC