Have I mentioned how much I love being Canadian?
Canadian coach helps Russian out
Though Canada was shut out of the medals, the Canadian cross-country team’s head coach received a cheer from the crowd. Justin Wadsworth handed Russia’s Anton Gafarov a spare ski during the first heat of the men’s semifinal.
Gafarov crashed during the heat and broke his ski in the process, and despite being out of the race he was determined to finish the race. As he laboured, Wadsworth ran onto the slope, handing the Russian a spare ski so he could continue the course and cross the finish line.” (cbc.ca)
Photo source: https://twitter.com/MrHExperience/status/433231017164296192/photo/1
This is what we call paying it forward.
8 years ago a Norwegian coach did an equally kind act for Sara Renner, one of our Canadian cross country skiiers.
"Norwegian coach Bjørnar Håkensmoen gave Sara Renner a ski pole after hers was broken during the cross-country team sprint at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Renner gave Håkensmoen a bottle of wine as a thank you, while other Canadians responded with phone calls and letters to the Norwegian Embassy. Canadian businessman Michael Page donated 8,000 cans of Maple Syrup to the Norwegian Olympic Committee to show his gratitude.”
Selfless acts of sportsmanship is the most inspiring thing to come out of the Olympics. This makes me proud to be a Canadian but also just proud to be human.