Canadian coach helps Russian with broken ski in Sochi cross-country race

The Canadian Press
Russia's Anton Gafarov falls with a broken ski during his men's semifinal of the cross-country sprint at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Russia's Anton Gafarov falls with a broken ski during his men's semifinal of the cross-country sprint at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Canadian cross-country ski coach Justin Wadsworth did his good deed for the day during Tuesday's men's sprint at the Sochi Olympics.

Russia's Anton Gafarov broke his left ski in the semifinals and was struggling to make it to the finish line when Wadsworth came along with a new ski.

Gafarov was well behind the pack so Wadsworth's efforts didn't impact the final medals but they did allow the Russian skier to finish the race in front of his home fans.

The move was reminiscent of the 2006 Turin Olympics when Canada's Sara Renner broke her pole and a Norwegian coach handed her another one.

His actions allowed Renner and teammate Beckie Scott to win a silver medal while the Norwegians finished fourth.

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