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Canadian cross country coach Justin Wadsworth saves the day for Russian skier in memorable Olympic moment

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12 2014 3:30 p.m. MST

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)

Matthias Schrader, ASSOCIATED PRESS

In the midst of winning and the every-changing medal count, Team Canada cross country ski coach Justin Wadsworth reminded everyone what the Olympics is all about Tuesday.

It all started when Russian skier Anton Gafarov crashed for a second time during a semifinal heat in the men’s cross-country sprint, breaking one of his skis. That's when Wadsworth came rushing to Gafarov's aid, lending him a ski so he could finish the race.

"It's kind of like seeing an animal in a trap," Wadsworth told Canadian broadcasting network CBC. "I just couldn't let him sit there."

Watch the incident here.

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