Ethiopian Olympic Skier

Ethiopian Olympic Skier, Robel Teklemariam went to the Turin Winter Olympics four years ago and came 84th out of about 100 cross-country skiers. Teklemariam shared with the press “If I’m closer to the winner than I was at the last Olympics then I’ll be very happy,” Robel said, sweating in the blazing sun after the workout. “But my real goal now is to get Ethiopians involved in skiing. I don’t want to be the first and the last.”

He believes that if they are given the opportunity – a number of young Ethiopians in Europe, Canada, the United States and other countries – where skiing is common – could master this sport and participate in international races including the Winter Olympics.  It is the vision of Robel and his federation to make Ethiopia a permanent member of the ski racing community.  He is an inspiration, a talented and passionate skier and a proud Ethiopian.  The lessons the Ethiopian youth can learn from his pioneering efforts are enormous. Read More about Robel Teklemariam