Sochi Skiing Gold Medalist Waits for 28 Minutes to Congratulate Last-Place Finisher

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Sports feelings are the realest and the best feelings. The most touching moment of Sochi Olympics 2014 happened on 14th February when, Swiss cross-Sochi_Olympics_2014_Players_Greeting_Each _Other_At_The_End_of_Competitioncountry skier Dario Cologna won a gold medal and waited 28 minutes to congratulate last-place finisher Roberto Carcelen of Peru at the finish line.

The 43-year-old Carcelen is Peru’s first Winter Olympian and has only been skiing since 2005. He was also competing with broken ribs as the result of a training accident just two weeks before the Olympics.

Cologna did not have an easy race either, having just finished a grueling 39-minute, 15 km course with a close finish at the end. Like many other competitors, he collapsed after crossing the finishing line.

At the end of the race, after every other skier had finished, Carcelen struggled down the final stretch. He was greeted by a standing ovation from the fans and grabbed a Peruvian flag from the crowd. Carcelen, who finished 87th, crossed the finish line and was first greeted by Dachhiri Sherpa of Nepal, who finished 86th in the event.

And then, to the likely surprise of everybody, Cologna appeared, still carrying his skis, to greet both competitors with a handshake. What a great moment and a defining moment of what the Olympics should be all about.

 

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