Canadian Coach’s Heroic Gesture Allows Russian Cross Country Skier To Finish Race

Things went from bad to worse for Russia’s Anton Gafarov in the finals of the men’s cross country skiing sprint at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but luckily for him, there was a kind Canadian nearby.

Gafarov crashed and broke his left ski during the race and was doing all he could to make sure he crossed the finish line in front of the home crowd in Sochi. When things couldn’t look any worse, Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth appeared out of nowhere and ran onto the course to help Gafarov by replacing his busted ski with a shiny new one.

The 27-year-old won’t go home with a medal, but he was able to finish in a sea of roars from the Russian crowd, which gave Gafarov a standing ovation as he crossed the line.

Check out some photos below, via Business Insider.

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