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Mexico's Olympic Cross-Country Skier Finished Dead Last In True Humbling, Olympic Spirit

An upstanding example of what the Olympics are about.

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Cross-country skier German Madrazo of Mexico may have finished last during his Olympic freestyle event Thursday, but he and his fellow competitors are making headlines for showing the utmost sportsmanship.

In Pyeongchang, Madrazo completed the men's 15-kilometer cross-country freestyle in 116th place.

The 43-year-old only started cross-country skiing last year, after reading an article about the sport in a magazine.

As he neared the finish line, Madrazo maintained a smile on his face. He was then handed a Mexican flag that he proudly carried for the last leg of the race.

Mexican cross-country skier German Madrazo crossed the finish line last, but he was all smiles as he did it proudly…


This is what the Olympic spirit is all about.

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