Olympics

Gold Medalist Waits for 28 Minutes to Shake Hands with Last-Place Finisher

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 14: Gold medalist Dario Cologna (R) of Switzerland applauds Dachhiri Sherpa (L) of Nepal and Roberto Carcelen (C) of Peru after competing in the Men's 15 km Classic during day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIFebruary 14, 2014

Sportsmanship got a major boost on Saturday at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Swiss cross-country skier Dario Cologna won a gold medal for his home country in the 15-kilometer event, collapsing at the finish line.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 14:  Dario Cologna of Switzerland collapses in the snow after competing in the Men's 15 km Classic during day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russ
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However, instead of going off to change or rest, Cologna decided to wait 28 minutes for the person that came in last to cross the finish line. The last-place finisher was Roberto Carcelen from Peru, finishing 11 minutes after everyone else.

Upon completing the race, fans greeted Carcelen with a standing ovation and he grabbed Peru's national flag from a member of the crowd.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 14:  Roberto Carcelen of Peru competes in the Men's 15 km Classic during day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Im
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Cologna, who was still waiting around the finish line, ended up shaking Carcelen's hand in one of the cooler moments from the Olympic Games.

[Business Insider]

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