Russian Skier Breaks Ski, Canadian Coach Rushes to Aid

During the semi finals of the cross-country skiing sprint event at the winter Olympics on Day 6, February 11, Russian skier Anton Gafarov badly damaged, first, and then finally broke one of his skis half way through the race when he took two hard falls. However, before Gafarov could quit the race, Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth rushed on to the track with a spare ski and replaced the broken one. Gafarov was able to finish the race, despite the three and a half minute deficiency, while the crowd went crazy. Later, Wadsworth went on to say, in an interview with the Toronto Star, that “It was like watching an animal stuck in a trap. You can’t just sit there and do nothing about it. … I wanted him to have dignity as he crossed the finish line.” We, at the Legend, would like to emphasize that this is what makes the Olympics. While one country will walk away with the most medals, all should strive to extend the courteousness and sportsmanship that Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth has. Those that do prove to be the true champions.