Friendship - Excellence - Respect
- Photo: Magdalena Neuner. Source: wikimedia.org
Gave up a spot for her friend.
It is a rare event when a favorite voluntarily gives up a spot on a team to a less awarded and successful colleague. But that is what happened when the first string of the German biathlon team, 2-time Olympic champion Magdalena Neuner, willingly refused her participation in the relay race in favor of Marina Beck, who expressed a desire to leave the major sport on the day before the start. This noble deed was highly appreciated by colleagues, and as a sign of respect, it was Magdalena that the German athletes chose as the team flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games.
- Photo: Evgeni Plushenko with the silver medal and Evan Lysacek with the gold at the Olympic Games. Source: telegraph.co.uk
For the gold in spite of everything!
Having received his first and at that point only gold medal at the Olympic Games in Turin in 2006, Evgeni Plushenko left his favorite sport for almost three years, and only four months before the start of the 2010 Games, when no one believed in Evgeni's return, he started active training again, which allowed him to win a series of major international tournaments and pass the selection for the Olympic Games in Vancouver.
However, in Canada Evgeni, considered a favorite, did not win; he gave up the gold of the Games to the master of the ice Evan Lysacek. It seemed that for the 27-year-old Plushenko, the silver medal, giving an offensive and bitter taste, would be the last in his career, but Evgeni promised to continue the journey for Olympic medals in Sochi 2014.
- Photo: Jamaican bobsled team Source: infobarrel.com, msn.com, funnyphotos.net.au
Four brave jamaican soldiers.
When it became known that in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, a four-man team from Jamaica would participate in the competitions, spectators and experts had only laughter and bewilderment. But from the first lap, the public fell in love with the exotic team, composed entirely of Jamaican soldiers who had almost no experience on a bobsled. And although the four novices, not really knowing even the basics of managing a bobsled and the subtleties of going through turns, could not finish their appearance, flying off the track on one of the laps, the Jamaican bobsledders lifted their sled to the spectators' applause and carried it to the finish.
A little later this touching episode was the basis of a Hollywood film by the characterizing name "Cool Runnings", in which the main characters trained in a bathtub instead of a bobsled leading up to the Olympic start.