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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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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Usain Bolt, the singer?
Bolt teased what appeared to be a recording-studio session in an Instagram video Monday, a short clip that ended with Wednesday’s date, perhaps a sign of more to come.
The video included shots of a guitarist, drummer, keyboardist and three female singers before showing Bolt in front of a microphone adjusting headphones.
Bolt has experience singing in front of crowds, having performed Queen and Kings of Leon at recent Oktoberfest visits in Munich.
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