Every Olympian has a story, and on this day, the winner and the last-place finisher combined for an Olympic moment for the ages.
Switzerland's Dario Cologna won the 15-kilometer classic cross-country race in 38 minutes, 29.7 seconds to capture his second gold of the Sochi Games and his third Olympic gold overall. But instead of racing off to celebrate, he stayed around the finish line for the next 28 minutes to shake hands with Peru’s Roberto Carcelen, who finished the race in last place.
Carcelen, who was the first Winter Olympian in Peru's history, was competing with a broken rib that he suffered in the lead-up to the Olympics. Alone on the course for more than 10 minutes, he grabbed the Peruvian flag for the final stretch and soaked up the applause of the crowd. Then, as he crossed the finish line, the champion hugged him.
Simply by waiting nearly 30 minutes, Cologna embodied the Olympic spirit and provided a lasting image of sportsmanship in Sochi.