The 9th February sees the start of the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. While the world media are focusing on the curiously feelgood story of a joint Korea team competing together for the first time since the 1950’s, the Brazilian team are getting to ready to hit the snow and ice.
Wait…what? Brazil has a team in the Winter Olympics 2018? Yes, we know. It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? But it’s true. Despite being located right in the middle of the tropics, Brazil has an interesting recent history of competing in the winter sports arena.
Brazil first made its bow in the Winter Olympic games back in 1992 in Albertville, entering 6 men and 1 woman into the alpine skiing competition. Although they didn’t set the world on fire, they did finish in 40th position in the women’s Giant Slalom. Not bad for a first attempt, but in the next few games they didn’t really manage to improve much. Isabel Clark Ribeiro caught eyes in Turin in 2006 by placing ninth in the snowboard cross, and there were high hopes that she could get some kind of medal 4 years later in Vancouver. However, it wasn’t to be, and a bad fall in the early heats meant this Rio-born snowboarder went home empty handed.
In the last games in Sochi 4 years ago, Brazil sent their biggest ever team to a Winter Olympics, with 13 members competing across 7 events. Clark-Riberio once again was the standout performer, but – again – she finished outside the medal positions, before retiring from the game.
With their star player no longer around to help, can Brazil finally crack the medals table at the Winter Olympics this time round? Brazil are sending a team of six to Pyeongchang, and will compete across 3 events. Skier Nikolai Hentsch was born in Switzerland, and figure skater Isadora Williams is American. With both of them qualifying to represent Brazil due to their parentage, you can well imagine how they had plenty access to snow when growing up.
The really amazing story in Team Brazil, though, are their men’s bobsleigh team, who will compete in the 2 and 4-man events. These guys have a story that is reminiscent of the Jamaican bobsleigh team from the 1988 Games in Calgary, which was immortalized in the hit film, Cool Runnings. Incredibly, the Brazilian bobsledders hadn’t even seen snow until competing for the first time in the 2017 world championships in Romania, and had to train in Yorkshire for that event, since there are precisely zero bobsled tracks in Brazil. Still, they did well enough to qualify for Pyeongchang, and pundits look forward to seeing how they may compete against the traditional powerhouses of Germany and Switzerland.
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The Winter Olympics 2018 are coming, and Brazil will be there!