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

(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.

Peru's Roberto Carcelen skis with the Peruvian flag during the men's 15K classical-style cross-country race.
Peru's Roberto Carcelen skis with the Peruvian flag during the men's 15K classical-style cross-country race.   (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Peru's Roberto Carcelen skis with a Peruvian flag in the home stretch.
Peru's Roberto Carcelen skis with a Peruvian flag in the home stretch.   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Switzerland's Dario Cologna smiles after winning the gold medal.
Switzerland's Dario Cologna smiles after winning the gold medal.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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