With the Olympics going on in
is a good time to share some stories of true sportsmanship from Olympics past.
Here is an example… South Korea
At the 1988 Games in
, Canadian sailor Lawrence Lemieux was
moving along at a quick clip, even though the seas were exceptionally rough.
About halfway through the race, he seemed to have a firm grip on the silver
medal when disaster struck. Lemieux heard the cries of two Singaporean sailors
competing in a different event nearby. One of them was clinging desperately to
his boat, which had capsized under the six-foot waves. The other had drifted 50
feet away, swept off by the currents. Instead of staying in his race, Lemieux
set course for the sailors and pulled them out of the water. His hope for a
medal all but dashed, Lemieux waited for rescue boats to arrive. By the time
they did, he'd fallen to 23rd place. But Lemieux's bravery did not go
unrewarded. The Olympic committee gave him the Pierre de Coubertin medal, a
special award for sportsmanship. Seoul