Runners Abbey D'Agostino and Nikki Hamblin may not have won their 5,000 meter heat today in the Rio Olympics, but their attitudes are gold-medal caliber.
Hamblin, who is representing New Zealand in this summer's games, tripped on the packed track partly through the race, taking American D'Agostino down with her.
After the fall, a a clearly discouraged Hamblin lay motionless on the ground for several seconds. Get ready to cry, though: D'Agostino instantly helped Hamblin get to her feet.
"This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this," D'Agostino reportedly said. And finish the race they did — to a surely very teary-eyed audience.The Olympic Spirit... When everything goes wrong... Just keep going. Try it.— Women's Football (@WoSoWorld) August 16, 2016
D'Agostino #USA & Hamblin (#NZL) pic.twitter.com/VIgERIln3H
Fortunately, the Olympic dream isn't definitively over for either runner. Because they were tripped, both will be allowed to run in the event final later in the week.At the #Olympics, it's not always about winning.— Olympics (@Olympics) August 16, 2016
.@abbey_dags @NikkiHamblin pic.twitter.com/P6f9UufM92
At this point, it is unclear if D'Agostino's apparent knee injury will prevent her from competing.
But talk about Olympic spirit.