The Olympic Spirit was Alive in Rio

What’s the Olympic Spirit?

With the heroics of Usain Bolt, Katie Ledeckey, Michael Phelps and the USA women’s gymnastics team, the Rio Olympics gave us a lot to cheer about. Olympics and achievement go hand-in-hand. Athletes train the better parts of their lives to compete on the world’s stage. When some athletes rise above even the best of the best, it’s quite an accomplishment and worthy of praise. Certainly training hard, giving your best, making sacrifices, competing and accomplishment are parts of the Olympic Spirit. But, there’s more to it than that.

Rio showcases athletes’ Olympic Spirit

Along with those qualities, the Olympics is also about sportsmanship. That Olympic Spirit of sportsmanship was on display at a 5,000m qualifying race that featured Abbey D’Agostino of the United States and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand. The two collided in the race, and finished at the tail end, but their actions spoke loudly.

Here’s what happened: at about the 3,200 meter mark, D’Agostino clipped the foot of Hamblin as it appeared Hamblin was slowing down because the runner in front of her was also slowing down. With their feet colliding, both runners fell to the track. D’Agostino rose first, and saw that Hamblin was collecting herself on the ground. D’Agostino helped up Hamblin. As they both tried to continue with the race, D’Agostino struggled due to injuries from the fall. D’Agostino fell again, and let Hamblin know to go on. Hamblin finished the race, and D’Agostino was able to limp in and finish.


An Unforgettable Olympic Moment

Per the LA Times:

“I went down, and I was like, ‘What’s happening? Why am I on the ground?’ ” Hamblin said. “Then suddenly, there’s this hand on my shoulder [and D’Agostino saying], ‘Get up, get up, we have to finish this.’ And I’m like, ‘Yup, yup, you’re right. This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this.’

“I’m so grateful for Abbey for doing that for me. That girl is the Olympic spirit right there. I’ve never met her before. I’ve never met this girl before, and isn’t that just so amazing? Regardless of the race and the result on the board, that’s a moment that you’re never, ever going to forget for the rest of your life, that girl shaking my shoulder like, ‘Come on, get up.’ ”

Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin provided viewers an inspirational Olympic story.