Day 5: Olympics

What a nice way to start the fifth day at the Olympics! Dara Howell of Huntsville, Ontario wins the Gold and Kim Lamarre of Quebec City, Quebec wins Bronze during Freestyle Skiing Women’s Slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi Russia.

On the podium! :)
On the podium! 🙂

Now THIS is what the Olympic Spirit is all about:
Today Russian cross country skier Anton Gafarov fell (for a second time) while going down a slope and broke a ski in the Men’s Finals of Cross-Country Free Sprints.. The first fall, he snapped it, the second time (because of the snapped ski) he destroyed the ski into pieces. But because nobody wants to not finish a race, especially in the Olympics, Gafarov got up and kept going on one ski. Seconds later, a coach came running onto the course to give Gafarov a new ski and get him on his way to a last-place finish in the semis. The coach? Justin Wadsworth from Canada.

Gafarov fell with a broken ski in the semifinal
Gafarov fell with a broken ski in the semifinal

Speaking to the Toronto Star, Wadsworth, who is a three-time Olympian himself, couldn’t help but to help. Wadsworth looked around. No one was moving. Everyone just stared, including a group of Russian coaches. “It was like watching an animal stuck in a trap. You can’t just sit there and do nothing about it,” Wadsworth said later. Wadsworth added: “I wanted him to have dignity as he crossed the finish line.”

Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth puts on a replacement ski for Russian skier.
Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth puts on a replacement ski for Russian skier.

It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. 🙂

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