Sochi 2014 Sportsmanship Essay

Some wonderful sportsmanship moments from Sochi 2014.

 

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Here’s some beautiful moments:

 

Old Enemies, Russia & Germany, Become Lifelong Friends

When the Germans team’s ski grinding machine broke, the Russian team stepped in and gave the Germans the Russian machine and worked through the night so the German team would be ready for the competition.

 

Slovenian & Swiss Celebrate Together

It has never happened before.  Two gold medalists in an alpine skiing event.  Arch rivals on the World Cup tour, Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin, shared the joy and celebrated exuberantly together on the podium.

 

Canadian Helps Crashed Russian

After a violent crash, Russian cross-country skier Anton Gafarov lay there stunned with a broken ski and his Olympic dream in tatters. When suddenly a Canadian coach sprinted across the snow and gave him another ski.

 

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Swiss Winner Waits To Embrace 43 Year Old Peruvian

In this brutal sport winners collapse on the snow, take 5 minutes to recover and then exit, except for the Swiss Gold Medal cross country skier,  Switzerland’s Dario Cologna, who waited some 28 minutes for the last competitor to cross the line ,  43-year-old   Roberto Carcelen, Peru’s first Winter Olympian (and only learned to ski at the age of 34.

 

Fellow Americans Clash, Crash  & Embrace

Two American snowboard cross racers clattered into each other at the finishing line. Only one was going through to the finals. Both ladies picked themselves up off the snow and hugged each other.

 

Canadian Bows Out To Fallen Competitor

Canada’s Denny Morrisson fell at the Olympic 1000m trials. His competitor, fellow Canadian , Gilmore Junio gave his place to Morrison who went on to win silver.  

 

American Bows Out To Twin Sister

American biathlete Tracy Barnes also gave up her place to her twin sister, Laney. Tracey later said: “If I can be the one to give her that opportunity, than that is an honour and a sacrifice that I am willing to make.”

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Sports men and sports women rise above the political differences and embrace the sheer excitement and unique bond that sport creates amongst even the most fiercest rivalries. issues. The brotherhood of sport prevailed in Sochi 2014.

 

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Categories America, Canada, Germany, Norway, Peru, Russia, Slovenia, SwitzerlandTags Olympics, Soshi, Soshi 2014, Winter Olympics
The Sochi Olympics were marred by unfinished facilities, corruption accusations, the poisoning of stray dogs, hot weather, and 'dangerous' venues.

But there were a few bright spots amid the controversy.

This is what the Olympics should be all about.

1. Russian cross-country skier Anton Gafarov broke his ski in half during a race. After he crashed, a Canadian coach ran onto the course and gave him a spare ski so he could finish the race.

2. A Swiss cross-country skier waited at the finish line for 28 minutes after winning a gold medal so he could shake hands with the guy who came in last place.

3. Two American snowboard cross racers crashed into each other at the finish line. Only one of them advanced to the finals, but they hugged anyway.

4. For the first time ever, there was a tie for gold in an alpine skiing event. Slovenia's Tina Maze and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, rivals on the World Cup tour, were pumped to share gold:

5. Canadian speed skater Gilmore Junio gave up his spot in the 1000m to Denny Morrison, his teammate who fell at the Olympic Trials. Morrison won silver.

6. American biathlete Tracy Barnes gave her spot in the Olympics to her twin sister, Laney. Tracy explained, "If I can be the one to give her that opportunity, than that is an honor and a sacrifice that I am willing to make."

7. The German biathlon team's ski grinding machine broke on the way to Sochi. With no way to prepare the team's skis for competition, the Russian team let them use their machine, working together through the night so the Germans would be ready for competition.

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