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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.

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Salome Bancora

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

Macarena Simari Birkner

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

Age: 29

Nationality: Argentina

Fun Fact: Both her parents are ski instructors.

Cristian Javier Simari Birkner

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

Julietta Quiroga

Sport: Alpine SkiingAge: 25Nationality: United States
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Sport: Alpine Skiing

Age: 25

Nationality: United States

Sebastiano Gastaldi

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

Federico Pablo Cichero

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

Jorge Birkner Ketelhohn

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

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.
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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.

Joselane Rodrigues dos Santos

Sport: Freestyle SkiingAge: 29Nationality: BrazilFun 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."
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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."

Fabiana Santos

Sport: BobsledAge: 30Nationality: BrazilFun Fact: She competed in weightlifting at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.
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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.

Leandro Ribela

Sport: Cross-Country SkiingAge: 33Nationality: BrazilFun Fact: He began skiing at age 12 during a family trip to Bariloche, Argentina.
Twitter: @leandroribela

Sport: Cross-Country Skiing

Age: 33

Nationality: Brazil

Fun Fact: He began skiing at age 12 during a family trip to Bariloche, Argentina.

Odirlei Pessoni

Sport: BobsledAge: 31Nationality: BrazilFun Fact: He was encouraged to take up the sport by a friend.
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Sport: Bobsled

Age: 31

Nationality: Brazil

Fun Fact: He was encouraged to take up the sport by a friend.

Jaqueline Mourao

Sport: BiathlonAge: 38Nationality: 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.
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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: BobsledAge: 24Nationality: BrazilFun Fact: He wants to finish in the top 20 at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
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Sport: Bobsled

Age: 24

Nationality: Brazil

Fun Fact: He wants to finish in the top 20 at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Jhonatan Longhi

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

Maya Harrison

Sport: Alpine SkiingAge: 21Nationality: 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."
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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."

Dominique Ohaco

Sport: Freestyle SkiingAge: 18Nationality: ChileFun 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.
Twitter: @DominiqueOhaco

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.

Noelle Barahona

Sport: Alpine Skiing Age: 23Nationality: ChileFun 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."
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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."

Eugenio Claro

Sport: Alpine SkiingAge: 20 Nationality: Chile
Twitter: @_COCH_OFICIAL

Sport: Alpine Skiing

Age: 20

Nationality: Chile

Stephanie Joffroy

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

Sport: Freestyle Skiing

Age: 22

Nationality: Chile

Fun Fact: She began skiing almost as soon as she was able to walk.

Henrik Von Appen

Sport: Alpine Skiing Age: 19Nationality: Chile
Twitter: @_COCH_OFICIAL

Sport: Alpine Skiing

Age: 19

Nationality: Chile

Hubertus Von Hohenlohe

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

Julia Marino

Sport: Freestyle SkiingAge: 21 Nationality: Paraguay/United StatesFun Fact: She first tried skiing at age 2 at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, N.H. She began taking the sport seriously at age 11.
Twitter: @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.

Ornella Oettl Reyes

Sport: Alpine SkiingAge: 22Nationality: Peru/GermanyFun Fact: She began skiing at age 3.
Twitter: @Mikmustee

Sport: Alpine Skiing

Age: 22

Nationality: Peru/Germany

Fun Fact: She began skiing at age 3.

Manfred Oettl Reyes

Sport: Alpine SkiingAge: 20 Nationality: Peru/GermanyFun Fact: Frequently referred to as "Lama Boy"
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Sport: Alpine Skiing

Age: 20

Nationality: Peru/Germany

Fun Fact: Frequently referred to as "Lama Boy"

Roberto Carcelen

Sport: Cross-Country SkiingAge: 43Nationality: 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."
Twitter: @robertok2

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."

Antonio Jose Pardo Andretta

Sport: Alpine Skiing Age: 43Nationality: Venezuela
Twitter: @antoniopardoski

Sport: Alpine Skiing

Age: 43

Nationality: Venezuela

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