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Canadian coach comes to rescue of Russian Olympian 0

By Steve Buffery, Toronto Sun

Russia's Anton Gafarov lies on the ground after crashing in the men's cross country sprint semifinals at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, Feb. 11, 2014. (STEFAN WERMUTH/Reuters)

Russia's Anton Gafarov lies on the ground after crashing in the men's cross country sprint semifinals at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, Feb. 11, 2014. (STEFAN WERMUTH/Reuters)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - 

Once in a while we're reminded that sports isn't all about money, championships and private jets.

On Tuesday at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center, Russian skier Anton Gafarov crashed and broke a ski and tried to continue on, falling three times, before being rescued by Canadian head coach Justin Wadsworth, who ran on to the course with a ski and helped the Russian get back in the race.

Wadsworth is the husband of 2002 Salt Lake City cross country ski gold medallist Beckie Scott. Wadsworth's gesture was reminiscent of the 2006 Turin Olympics, when Norwegian coach Bjornar Hakensmoen gave Canadian cross country skier Sara Renner a pole during the team sprint event, resulting in Canadians sending hundreds of letters to the Norwegian Embassy.

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