At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a yacht race was taking the world's teams through dangerous waters at breakneck speeds. Stig Käll and his brother Lars were in the running to win when, behind them, the Australian team capsized and slipped below the deadly waves. Making a split-second decision, the Källs turned their boat around and rescued the Australians, losing the race and vanishing from the pages of Olympic history, but winning recognition from the Japanese press, who awarded them the headline "Gold Medal of Humanity". The Käll brothers were the first to receive recognition from the International Fair Play Committee
, a group that now gives awards and recognition to people who display unusual sportsmanship, such as:Eugenio Monti
, an Italian bobsledder who at the 1964 Winter Olympics lent the British team a bolt from his sled to replace a broken one on theirs. The British team took the gold medal, but Monti went on to win his own gold medal in 1968.
Willye B. White
, an American track athlete, nurse, and public citizen who in 1965 requested that her opponent, English champion Mary Rand, be allowed another attempt at the long jump; Rand went on to win
, a Hungarian tennis player who in 1966 demanded a delay of game to allow his opponent to recover from a leg cramp.
, a Polish skiier who in 1968 spontaneously announced to the judges that he had missed a gate
, a British speed skater who crashed himself into the ice at the Winter Olympics in 1968 in order to avoid injuring a fallen competitor
Ian Hallam, Willy Moore, Mick Bennett and Rick Evan
, a British cycling team who in 1973 surrendered their gold medal after the German team who had been in front of them for most of the race crashed into a track official
, a Russian trampolinist who in 2001 broke federation rules to give away an incorrectly awarded gold medal
, a Turkish-German footballer who at an extremely cold game gave his sweatshirt to a little boy cheering for the opposing team
, a Brazilian showjumper who gave instructions to an unprepared competitor on how to run a course
, a Chinese wrestler who carried his injured opponent from the arena in his arms
, an Iranian footballer who purposefully kicked the ball out of play when the opponents' goalkeeper was injured
'Long John' McCurry
, an Irish surfer who let his rival borrow his board at a competition
, a world-record Turkish runner who let an Ethiopian competitor use her running shoes. The Ethopian went on to win her first silver medal.
Two New Zealand All Blacks coaches, Graham Henry and Tana Umaga
. Umaga ran onto the field to assist a competitor who had been knocked unconscious; Henry personally congratulated the members of a rival team after losing a difficult match
The story of the Käll brothers which inspired this post is from the Japan Olympic Committee (Japanese). See also the story of the Medal of Friendship.