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Olympic Spirit Runners Win the Rarest Olympic Medal Ever Awarded

There is so much to be inspired about in this year's Rio Olympics; athletes have been breaking records, smashing stereotypes and demonstrating the true spirit of sportsmanship and human compassion.

When New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin and American runner Abbey D'Agostino collided in the 5,000-meter semifinal, the world witnessed what happens when you put compassion ahead of competition.

Rather than race ahead and leave the other behind, Hamblin and D'Agostino lifted each other up and encouraged one another on to finish the race. There was nothing but love between the two competitors as they embraced and clasped arms at the finish line.

This week, both runners were awarded with the rarest Olympic medal, The Fair Play award, previously called the Pierre de Coubertin medal. The award is so rare because it doesn't have to be given. In fact, it has only been given 17 times in Olympic history. Each time the International Olympic Committee convenes to decide if there is a stand-out athlete worthy of this honor. This year, we have two!

"I think it's very special for both Abbey and myself. I don't think either of us woke up and thought that that was going to be our day, or our race, or our Olympic Games. Both of us are strong competitors and we wanted to go out there and do our best on the track," said Hamblin.

Congratulations ladies! Your compassion and sportsmanship are things we should all aspire to in life and in competition!

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