A very Orthodox Yeshiva in Montreal had an exceptional skier among its students. So fast, that in practice, with tzitzis streaming out behind, he had beaten the world record several times.
After first checking to make sure none of the men's slalom races would be on Shabbat, he tried out for and made the Canadian Winter Olympic team.
With his times in the trial heats, he was the favorite for an
Olympic gold medal.
On the day of the final, the crowd waited in anticipation.
The French champion sped down the course in 38 seconds.
The Swiss in 38.7 seconds.
The German in 39.5 seconds.
The Italian in 39.8 seconds.
Then came the turn of the Canadian Yeshiva bocher. The crowd
waited, and waited . .. . .
Finally, after a full five minutes, he crossed the finish line.
"What happened to you?" screamed his coach when the skier finally
Breathing hard, the exhausted yeshiva student replied, "All
right, who's the wise guy who put a mezuzah on every gate?"