Gold Medalist Waits Half Hour to Greet Last Finisher
Peru's Roberto Carcelen finishes about 30 minutes behind Swiss skier Cologna
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2014 2:41 PM CST
Peru's Roberto Carcelen skis with the Peruvian flag during the men's 15K classical-style cross-country race.   (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

(Newser) – It is, as Deadspin says, "your feel-good Olympic story of the day." Roberto Carcelen, who happens to be Peru's first Winter Olympian, finished last today in the 15km cross-country race. And we mean really last, as in about 30 minutes behind the winner. But Carcelen, now a Seattle resident who broke a rib while training just a few weeks ago, got a rousing ovation as he grabbed a Peruvian flag from a spectator in the home stretch. And there to greet him at the finish line was the gold-medal winner, Dario Cologna of Switzerland, reports NBC News.

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Feb 15, 2014 12:42 PM CST
Do you mean waiting, winning the Gold or coming in last?
Feb 15, 2014 7:37 AM CST
Thirty years ago this would have been an American doing this...another sign of our decline.
Feb 15, 2014 4:24 AM CST
Sportsmanship: Pass it on.