A Norwegian coach gave a ski pole to a Canadian, allowing her to win the silver medal! Here's how Canada repaid him
During the 2006 Winter Olympics, Bjoernar Haakensmoen, a coach of a Norwegian cross country ski team, acted valiantly by lending a Canadian skier a ski pole. The result of this action led the Canadian skier to finish second and receive a silver medal, while a Norwegian was bumped off the podium and finished forth.
In order to thank the Norwegian, Canadian citizens were asked to donate bottles of Maple Syrup. In total 7,400 cans were sent to the Canadian embassy to be delivered to the Norwegian coach.
The Norwegian had never tasted maple syrup before, and said that he might have it from time to time, but not 5 times a day. He further stated that, "It's sweet, and a little unusual."