3. Moments later, within sight of the finish line, the broken equipment caused Gafarov to fall again. A layer of the ski’s P-Tex base stripped off and wrapped around the athlete’s foot, tripping him as he tried to stand and continue the race.
5. Without exchanging a word, the coach knelt before the athlete, removed the broken ski and replaced it. “It was like watching an animal stuck in a trap. You can’t just sit there and do nothing about it,” Wadsworth later told The Star.