Canada's Justyn Warner is comforted
But rather than simply feel sad for his idols, Elijah decided to do something to try and cheer them up: he sent the quartet a medal he had won in a recent football tournament so that they didn't finish their summer empty handed.
Connaughton and his team-mates - Justyn Warner, Gavin Smellie and Oluseyi Smith - were so touched by the gesture that they decided to share it via Twitter, to let the world see Elijah's fabulous gesture of consolation.
Here's his letter in full:
Elijah Porter's letter (@justynwarner)
"Dear Justyn, Gavin, Jarred and Oluseyi,
"I'm Elijah Porter. I'm ten and I live in Newfoundland, Canada. When I heard what happened on Aug. 11, I knew it was wrong. The rules were not right. But, at last, I realized how good you were.
"We're Canadians. We persevere. We create better lives for each other. The cold didn't stop us from living in the North. We didn't lose the War of 1812. We adapt and survive. We earned our freedom.
"Someday if I become a biologist, or if I get rich, and, if I remember, I will donate money to the summer and winter Olympians. I hope you like the medal!"
- Sports & Recreation
- Jared Connaughton