The winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria, from January 29 to February 9, 1964.
In the two-man bobsled, the greatest driver in the world was Eugenio Monti from Italy.
Eugenia just ended his last run in with an incredible time.
There was only one team left.
Nobody was going to beat the Italians.
The last team was from Great Britain with Tony Nash as the driver.
Tony was good but nobody was going to beat the great Eugenio Monti’s time.
At the end of the course Eugenio Monti’s team was celebrating.
Part of Tony Nash’s sled was broken.
And he can’t take his last run.
And Eugenio Monti said “Which part?”
And the guy told him.
Tony Nash had the exact same sled, so Eugenio Monti detached the part from his sled, sent it up to the top of the course and Tony Nash attached it to his sled.
Nash took his last run, and won.
Eugenio Monti didn’t want to win because somebody had an defected sled.
He wanted his best to be against Tony Nash’s best, and he lost.
Four years later Monti won
We’re still telling this story because that was one of the great stories of sportsmanship of all time.
And because of that Monti won the Pierre de Coubertin Sportsmanship Award, which is very rarely given out.
It’s only been given out a few times in the history of the Olympic Games.
What about you?
Are you in it to win it at all cost?