SI.com - Olympics - Norwegian ski coach rewarded with maple syrup - Wednesday April 5, 2006 12:54PM OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Bjoernar Haakensmoen's act of sportsmanship was rewarded Wednesday -- with more than 5 tons of Canadian maple syrup.
At the Turin Olympics, the Norwegian cross-country ski coach handed Sara Renner a spare ski pole after the Canadian broke one during the Nordic ski sprint relay final. Renner went on to win a silver medal while the Norwegians finished fourth.
'It was natural for me to do it, and I think anyone should have done it,' Haakensmoen told The Associated Press. 'I didn't think about it. It was just a reflex. ... but the response has been unbelievable.'"
"Natural.... all natural" -- funny pun.
Let's get him to Pittsburgh for a pancake breakfast.