Female runners capture true Olympic spirit

by Meghan Erkkinen August 19, 2016
In all the buzz about medals and world records, it’s easy for us to lose sight of what the Olympics are really about. But for two Olympians, even while they were in the midst of competition, the true spirit of the games was never far from their minds. During the women’s 5,000-meter race, Nikki Hamblin, an English-born New Zealand runner and American runner Abbey D’Agostino tangled legs and fell to the ground – not an unprecedented occurrence in long-distance running. What’s more uncommon, however, is what happened afterward.  D’Agostino, who popped right up after tumbling to the track, tapped Hamblin on the shoulder, spoke to her, and helped her up to continue running. Both women finished the race, D’Agostino visibly pushing through pain to cross the finish line. Hamblin later described the experience, saying she didn’t know how she tripped, only that she she stumbled and found herself on the ground.  "Then suddenly there’... [More]

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