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Zimbabwe set to make Winter Olympic debut

Jan 13, 2014, 11:29 AM EDT


With every Winter Olympics comes the odd stories of non-traditional winter sports nations sending an athlete or two to the Games.

There is the Mexican skiing prince, the Tongan luger and so on and so on. In Sochi, a Zimbabwean is set to compete at a Winter Olympics for the first time.

Enter Alpine skier Luke Steyn, who was born in the capital of Harare, moved to Switzerland at age 2 and wound up at the University of Colorado. The New York Times emailed with Steyn over the holidays.

“Though I have moved from Zimbabwe, I still feel very much connected to it,” he wrote to the newspaper. “As they say, it’s in your blood, and I hope to live and work in Africa again one day.”

Steyn, 20, has one World Cup result to his name, taking the first of two runs in a January 2012 slalom and failing to qualify for the second run.

He does have three top-10s in lower-level FIS races in California this season.

The Times of London reported Zimbabwe has recorded snowfall once, in the 1960s.

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  1. judkast - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Go Zimbabwe and Steyn!!! These are the types of stories that validate Olympics in the true sense of the Olympian spirit and support for their country. Hope more of these types of stories are reported.

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