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February 2013

Day 25: A moment that shows the true spirit of the Olympics

Oscar Pistorius and Kirani James swaping numbers, London 2012

I have so much respect for both of these athletes and what went on here.

Instead of celebrating his own personal victory, James came up to Pistorius and exchanged numbers with him after he fell short of making the final in the 400m. James, the reining world champ and Pistorius, the double amputee. In an powerful act like this, James shows that he sees and respects Pistorius as another competitor, another athlete, another human being.

If moments like this don’t define the Olympics, then what does?

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