A touching Olympic moment in Sochi: Canada's cross-country ski coach Justin Wadsworth came to the rescue yesterday as Russian Anton Gafarov tried to drag himself off the course with a broken ski. The coach, whose athletes had already been eliminated, hustled over with a spare ski so the Russian could cross the finish line with dignity. "It was like watching an animal stuck in a trap," the coach tells the Toronto Star. "You can’t just sit there and do nothing about it." Gafarov, who broke his ski when he crashed on a tight corner, got a huge cheer as he finished the race more than two minutes behind.
"Thanks to Wadsworth’s good deed, a racer who officially finished 12th will be the only thing many people remember about cross country skiing at the 2014 Olympics," writes Chris Chase at USA Today. Wadsworth, a three-time American Olympian, is married to Canadian skiier Beckie Scott, whose relay partner Sara Renner was lent a ski pole by a Norwegian coach at the 2006 Games, Yahoo notes. They won silver while Norway finished fourth. "This competition, and all competitions, it should be a fight. It should not be decided by skis," the Norwegian coach said afterward.