I like to keep track of the countries that only had one delegate at the Olympics, this year, we have 18 countries! Though it may not seem impressive when you see some of the rankings, just know this, that all of these incredible athletes can beat me any time they wanted to challenge me. I would ask, though, that they let me at least train for a year so that it isn’t as embarrassing for me. It would still be a huge waste of their time but at least I could say that I was at my best. These athletes are a credit to their countries and they did incredible!
People seem to only interested in the top three athletes and so these heroes, who should be known as their entire country is counting on them to compete and compete well, go unacknowledged. I do wonder how their country’s footage of the games are covered. Is it nonstop coverage of only them up to their competition and then you see the entire show and then the next two days is following them still? I would like to know. I can only imagine they have a permanent newsteam that follows them about from opening to closing ceremonies.
Tucker Murphy, for the second games in a row. Men’s 15 km classical, came in 84th out of 87.
British Virgin Islands
Peter Crook, the only second person to compete at the Winter Olympics for the country. Men’s halfpipe, came in 27th of 28.
Dow Travers, for the second games in a row. Both men’s giant slalom, Did not Finished and suffered a mild concussion (hope he’s feeling better!) and Men’s slalom, which he also Did not Finish.
Pan-To Barton Lui, the first male to represent Hong Kong in the Winter Olympics. Men’s 1500 m, came in 5th! Pretty impressive!
Evgeniy Timofeev, replacing Dmitry Treleveski. Men’s giant slalom coming in at 61 out of 72, and Men’s Slalom, 41 out of 43.
Kari Peters, the first ever athlete to qualify for cross-country skiing for his country. Men’s sprint, came in 79 of 85.
Elise Pellegrin, this is Malta’s first time ever at a Winter Olympics. Women’s slalom, 52nd out of 60, and Women’s giant slalom 65th out of 67.
Hubertus von Hohenlohe, will be the second oldest Winter Olympian ever (55 years old) and also break the longest span of competing at the Winter Olympics with 30 years. Men’s slalom, did not finish due to crashing. Hope he’s doing okay too!
Dachhiri Sherpa, presenting for the third games in a row. Men’s 15 km classical, came in 86 of 87
Muhammad Karim, only the second athlete to represent the country and Pakistan’s second appearance in the games, they were there last time in 2010 Vancouver. Men’s giant slalom, coming in at 71 out of 72.
Julia Marino, presenting Paraguay in its first appearance at the Winter Olympics. Women’s slopestyle, came in 17th place out of 22.
Michael Christian Martinez, the first athlete in 22 years to present the country and only the fourth athlete to do so. Figure Skating – Men’s singles, came in 19th out of 24.
Alisher Kudratov, only the second athlete to represent the country. Men’s slalom, did not finish.
Yohan Goutt Goncalves, Timor-Leste’s first time ever at the Winter Olympics. Men’s slalom, 43rd out of 43, not bad considering 23 were DSQ.
Bruno Banani, Men’s Singles, coming in at 32 in the Luge out of 39.
Antonio Pardo, the fifth ever to present the country at the Winter Olympics, and the first ever in a snow sport. Venezuela had missed out on the 2010 games. Men’s giant slalom, did not finish – which is unfortunate, he had a problem with his ski falling off at the beginning of the race.
Jasmine Campbell, representing Virgin Islands after the country has missed out on the last two games. Women’s giant slalom, 56 out of 67 and Women’s slalom, 43 out of 60.
Luke Steyn, Men’s giant slalom, 57th out of 72, and Men’s slalom, did not finish.