The Olympics are all about competition. Country versus country until one comes out on top as the best. Individual athletes are also competing against themselves and their previous records. They are always trying to do better and keep their eyes on the prize which is the gold medal. Every now and then, stories come out proving that sometimes the competition isn’t the most important part of the Olympics. Sometimes it’s the sportsmanship.
According to Reddit, a story of inspiration and triumph came out of the semifinal of the women’s 5,000-meter race. Two runners ended up colliding. A runner from New Zealand tripped and fell and a runner from the United States fell over her. It would have been all too easy for the United States runner to get up and keep going. She could have recovered lost time and possibly even won. But, that wasn’t important. Instead, she got up, extended her hand, and helped the New Zealand runner to her feet.
A little while later in the race, the runner from the United States had an injured ankle and collapsed. She attempted to crawl to the finish line. The runner from New Zealand wouldn’t leave her side until she told her that it was okay for her to go on without her.
This was a great show of sportsmanship and it shows all of us that the Olympics aren’t always fierce competition. Sometimes, the Olympic Spirit is helping a rivalry because it’s the right thing to do. This is a lesson that athletes near and far can take note of. Doing the right thing is sometimes more important than winning a race. It took two very different country’s to show us this.