Gold Medalist Is The Perfect Sportsman, Waits 28 Minutes To Shake Hands Of Last-Place Finishers

Moments like this are what the Olympics are all about.

1. Swiss skier Dario Cologna won the men’s cross-country 15km classic event in Sochi on Friday with a time of 38:29.

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2. After crossing the finish line, Cologna collapsed into the snow, which makes sense considering he’d just skied 15km (that’s approximately 9.3 miles).

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3. 28 minutes after his victory, however, Cologna was waiting to congratulate the two last-place finishers as they crossed the finish line.

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4. Dachhiri Sherpa, Nepal’s only athlete competing in the Olympics, finished the race with a time of 55:39 and joined Cologna to wait for the final athlete to cross the finish line.

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5. Eleven minutes later, Roberto Carcelen, who in 2010 became Peru’s first Winter Olympian, appeared in the stadium to a standing ovation from the crowd. Carcelen competed with a broken rib, the result of an accident two weeks before the Olympics.

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6. Sherpa greeted Carcelen with a hug…

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7. And Cologna, the gold medalist, shook hands with both of his fellow athletes and congratulated them on finishing the race.

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8. Moments like this are the best part of the Olympics.

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