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Meet The 27 Latino Athletes Competing In Sochi 2014

Some of these countries don’t even have snow, but that doesn’t stop these athletes from training. posted on

2. Salome Bancora

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 20
Nationality: Argentina
Fun Fact: She began skiing at age 3 and competing at age 6 in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.

3. Macarena Simari Birkner

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 29
Nationality: Argentina
Fun Fact: Both her parents are ski instructors.

4. Cristian Javier Simari Birkner

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 33
Nationality: Argentina
Fun Fact: He started skiing as soon as he could walk — his parents had him skiing between their legs at Cerro Catedral, Argentina.

5. Julietta Quiroga

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 25
Nationality: United States

6. Sebastiano Gastaldi

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 22
Nationality: Italy
Fun Fact: His older sister Nicol competed in the giant slalom and slalom at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

7. Federico Pablo Cichero

Sport: Cross-Country Skiing
Age: 30
Nationality: Argentina
Fun Fact: His ambition was to compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. And he made it happen!

8. Jorge Birkner Ketelhohn

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 23
Nationality: Argentina
Fun Fact: He wants to finish in the top 30 in his events at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

10. Isadora Williams

Sport: Figure Skating
Age: 17
Nationality: United States
Fun Fact: She trains 30 hours a week in the low season and 32 hours a week in the high season.

11. Joselane Rodrigues dos Santos

Sport: Freestyle Skiing
Age: 29
Nationality: Brazil
Fun Fact: She chose the sport because of her background in gymnastics and the chance to compete at the Olympic Winter Games. “What caught my attention was the possibility to go to Sochi. The opportunity came at a good time.”

12. Fabiana Santos

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Sport: Bobsled
Age: 30
Nationality: Brazil
Fun Fact: She competed in weightlifting at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

13. Leandro Ribela

Sport: Cross-Country Skiing
Age: 33
Nationality: Brazil
Fun Fact: He began skiing at age 12 during a family trip to Bariloche, Argentina.

14. Odirlei Pessoni

Sport: Bobsled
Age: 31
Nationality: Brazil
Fun Fact: He was encouraged to take up the sport by a friend.

15. Jaqueline Mourao

Sport: Biathlon
Age: 38
Nationality: Brazil
Fun Fact: She began skiing in Canada in 2005 after a snowstorm prevented her from continuing her cycling training. She dedicated herself to cross-country skiing after the 2009 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Sport: Bobsled
Age: 24
Nationality: Brazil
Fun Fact: He wants to finish in the top 20 at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

17. Jhonatan Longhi

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 26
Nationality: Brazil
Fun Fact: He began skiing just for fun. After achieving good results in local competitions, he eventually decided to take the sport more seriously.

18. Maya Harrison

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Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 21
Nationality: Brazil
Fun Fact: “My parents had a house in a mountain village where I first tried skiing at a club. In my first competitions I made it onto the podium, and winning pretty medals gave me the motivation to continue. I became a member of the Genevese Association of Ski Clubs and continued from there.”

20. Dominique Ohaco

Sport: Freestyle Skiing
Age: 18
Nationality: Chile
Fun Fact: Her coach, Benny Ryerson, initially went to her house to persuade her brother to take up freestyle skiing. Ohaco decided she would also like to do the sport.

21. Noelle Barahona

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 23
Nationality: Chile
Fun Fact: Her mother took her for a few lessons, but she didn’t really like it. Her step-father then bought a house in the mountains and enrolled her in a ski club. “I didn’t really have a choice. Now I love it.”

22. Eugenio Claro

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 20
Nationality: Chile

23. Stephanie Joffroy

Sport: Freestyle Skiing
Age: 22
Nationality: Chile
Fun Fact: She began skiing almost as soon as she was able to walk.

24. Henrik Von Appen

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 19
Nationality: Chile

26. Hubertus Von Hohenlohe

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Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 55
Nationality: Mexico
Fun Fact: “The only reason I keep skiing is to keep the flame of the exotic countries alive.”

28. Julia Marino

Sport: Freestyle Skiing
Age: 21
Nationality: Paraguay/United States
Fun Fact: She first tried skiing at age 2 at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, N.H. She began taking the sport seriously at age 11.

30. Ornella Oettl Reyes

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 22
Nationality: Peru/Germany
Fun Fact: She began skiing at age 3.

31. Manfred Oettl Reyes

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 20
Nationality: Peru/Germany
Fun Fact: Frequently referred to as “Lama Boy”

32. Roberto Carcelen

Sport: Cross-Country Skiing
Age: 43
Nationality: Peru
Fun Fact: His wife Kate introduced him to the sport. “Cross-country skiing is considered the hardest sport in the world, and that aspect really attracted me.”

34. Antonio Jose Pardo Andretta

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 43
Nationality: Venezuela

All athletes’ facts can be found here.

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