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Gesture of kindness and Olympic spirit goes viral on Twitter

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Earlier today, Tuesday, Feb. 11, a Canadian ski coach's gesture of kindness to a Russian skier went viral on social media.

Russian cross-country skier, Anton Gavarof was competing in the semifinals of the men's cross-country free sprint, much to the delight of his home country's fans in attendance, when he took a tumble on one of the courses most slippery turns. When Gavarof got up, after laying down in dejection for some time, he decided that it was only right he finished the race.

Problem was, he was only halfway to the finish line, and upon the first of his limps towards the home stretch, he discovered that one of his skis had broken during the fall.

It was quite clear that Gavarof would have a quite difficult, if not impossible, task to finish the race with only one ski and so far away from the end line. And, that's when Canadian ski coach, Justin Wadsworth. stepped in and replaced the Russian's broken ski with a brand new one. Allowing the Olympian to finish the race to the applause of the home crowd.

The truly touching gesture was photographed from the TV and shared by @MrHExperience on Twitter, and quickly spread among the users of the social medium. With many stating that the kindness showed by Wadsworth was the epitome of Olympic spirit.

But to Wadsworth, it was just something he had to do:

"It was like watching an animal stuck in a trap. You can't just sit there and do nothing about it," Wadsworth told the Toronto Star. "I wanted him to have dignity as he crossed the finish line."

With all the controversy surrounding the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in the early stages, it's nice to hear stories like this that embody what the Olympics are truly about.

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