With the words “Get up, get up, we have to finish this,” D’Agostino persuaded Hamblin not to quit.
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RIO DE JANEIRO: In a world in turmoil, one thing never changes: the Olympic sport of losing gracefully.An American and a New Zealander, perfect strangers, turning personal disaster into a triumph of Olympic goodwill.When troubled people seethe with hatred, gunning each other down in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, stabbing fellow passengers on European trains and plowing through families on the seafront in Nice, France, with a 19-ton truck, it is genuinely comforting that 11,400 athletes from 205 nations can still come together for two weeks of Olympic competition and treat each other with such respect.Tinkler's score of 14.933 on the floor was good for gold until Biles bested that with a 15.966 . Afterward, Tinkler still made a point of seeking out the now four-time gold medalist to give her hug. And she applauded when Aly Raisman posted 15.500 to bump Tinkler from silver to bronze. Enough athletes are doing so to keep that noble idea alive.
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