These Olympians Were Awarded A Rare Medal In Rio For Helping Each Other During A Race
Kindness is selfless watch how these olympians showed great sportsmanship. This is what it’s all about.
When you have trained your whole life for a moment, the last thing you would think of is giving it up. You wouldn’t dream of doing anything that might jeopardize your chances of coming out on top. But that’s the thing about acts of kindness. They come out of no where and they are pure selflessness. They don’t ask for anything in return and they know that sacrifices need to sometimes be made.
This year the Olympics has been one of broken records, and amazing feats. It is also the year that incredible sportsmanship and kindness has been awarded in a way it rarely is. It’s so rare in fact that it has only been seen 17 times in Olympic history.
Nikki Hamblin from New Zealand and Abbey D’Agostino from the US were competing in the women’s 5000-metre semifinal race.
During the run, Abbey clipped Nikki’s heel and the two fell.
“I went down, and I was like, ‘What’s happening? Why am I on the ground?'” said Nikki. “Then suddenly this hand on my shoulder, like, ‘Get up! Get up! We have to finish this’. And I was like, ‘Yup. Yup. You’re right. This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this’.”
Abbey encouraged Nikki to keep running even as she fell back on the track.
Nikki refused to leave her behind and helped her back up.
“I’m so grateful for Abbey for doing that for me. That girl is the Olympic spirit right there. “I’ve never met her before, like I’ve never met this girl before, and isn’t that just so amazing? Such an amazing woman.”
The two kept running, but Abbey had suffered an injury.
Nicki waited for Abbey to get to the finish line where she then helped her into a wheelchair.
Abbey tore a ligament in her knee.
Both runners knew as soon as she fell, neither would be winning the race… but they knew they had to finish anyway.
Of course, Nikki’s act of compassion and sportsmanship couldn’t go unrewarded and that’s when she was given a very rare medal only seen in the Olympics a total of 17 times.
The two were awarded the International Fair Play Committee Awards for their acts of “selflessness and exemplary sportsmanship.”
“I think it’s very special for both Abbey and myself.” said Nikki. “I don’t think either of us woke up and thought that that was going to be our day, or our race, or our Olympic Games. Both of us are strong competitors and we wanted to go out there and do our best on the track.”
“I was on the ground for too long to get back up and catch on to the pack.
“So then it becomes about finishing the race, and finishing the race well. I am so grateful to Abbey for picking me up, and I think many people would have returned the favour. […] Once you are on the track, there is a mutual understanding of what it takes to get there.”
It is easy to get caught up in our own needs and wants, especially during something as big as the Olympics.
That’s why the International Fair Play Committee Award was created to acknowledge athletes who showed incredible sportsmanship.
The first time the award was handed out was in 1965 to Eugenio Monti for a display of sportsmanship in the 1964 Innsbruck Olympic Winter Games.
During the two-man bobsleigh finals, a part of the the British team’s sledge broke off. Eugenio Monti from the Italian team broke off the same part of his own sledge and gave it to Tony Nash from the British team who then won the gold medal in record winning time.