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The Spirit of Sportsmanship

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Winning is important in sports, especially in the Olympics, but sometimes, good sportsmanship is more important. In the 1964 Winter Olympics, sportsmanship won the headlines in the two-man bobsled competition. The British team was in second place when members discovered their sled had a broken bolt. It was impossible for them to continue.

When Eugenio Monti of the Italian team heard the news, he immediately took a bolt from his own sled and sent it to them. Though his team was in first place, Monti did not think twice about helping the second-place British bobsledders. With his bolt, the British were able to continue, and they eventually won the gold medal. Monti and the Italian team ended up with the bronze.

Later, Monti said, "Nash (the British driver) didn't win because I gave him the bolt. He won because he had the fastest run." For his sportsmanship, Monti received a special medal - the De Coubertin Medal, named after Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics.

Key Words

Sportsmanship - fairness in following the rules of the game and respect for all involved.
Competition - the act or process of trying to get or win something.
Eventually - in the end; at some time later.
Bronze - a metal made of combing copper and tin. It is used to make the medal that is given to the person/team who finish in thrird place in the Olympics.
Founder - a person who creates or establishes something that is meant to last for a long time.

True or False

Now decide if the following statements are true or false:

  1. Eugenio Monti didn't want to win the gold medal.
  2. When Eugenio Monti of the Italian team heard the news, he immediately took a bolt from the Mexican sled and sent it to them.
  3. With the new bolt the British team won the gold medal.
  4. The British team was in second place when members discovered their sled had a broken bolt.
  5. Pierre de Coubertin was the manager of the Italian bobsled team.

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Which are the correct key words to use in these senetences:

  • 1. Eugenio Monti became famous for his ___.






  • 2. The ___ of the modern Olympics was Pierre de Coubertin.






  • 3. A ___ medal is usually given for a third-place finisher.






  • 4. Something that happens over time ___ gets finished.






  • 5. ___ is fierce in today's business market.