Friday, January 15, 2010

ski like a girl and "One Winter, Five Dreams" Robel Teklemariam

Robel Teklemariam Ethopian Men's Cross Country Skier has Qualified for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics!  His search for snow paid off and he can now focus on making his Olympic dreams come true. 

The lack of snow made racing difficult for Robel. This is from his blog at "One Winter, Five Dreams, "It has been my biggest frustration so far this winter. I just want to qualify but to do that I need to race. So it seems this has been a search for races as much as points to qualify for me. I lost out on five races because of snow conditions. Now time is running short."

Congratulations Robel, you found your snow and you did it!!!!

Robel is the second of the Panasonic's "One Winter, Five Dreams" athletes to qualify for the Vanouver 2010 Winter Olympics.  Ladie's Figure Skater, Tugba  Karademir, qualified in early in the season for Turkey's team and then had to deal with the disappointment that her parents couldn't get tickets to watch her compete. They now have tickets thanks to a generous donation by an anonymous corporation.

With less than a month away two of the athletes are qualified leaving three to go.

Clyde Getty, Argentina's Freestyle Skier is in Deer Valley this weekend. He says, "Deer Valley, Utah is most likely the World Cup Freestyle tour athletes favorite spot". Clyde qualified for the 2002 Winter Games there.  If I'm reading the schedule correctly he's competing tonight at 5:45 with the finals at 8:25.  If you are in the area head over to the Visa Freestyle International World Cup.  Best of luck Clyde!  You've got that triple!

Katharine Eustace came in 7th in her most recent Women's Skeleton race and has one more chance to earn points toward the second New Zealand sled.

And Japan's Kazuhiro Koshi, age 45,  is still competing against the young guys in Men's Skeleton.

Check back for more updates.  Please join ski like a girl in supporting the "One Winter, Five Dreams" athletes by reading their blogs and posting messages of encouragement.  Share in the passion and excitment of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

ski girl
p.s.  Shouldn't there be a decision about the Gold Blogger finalists soon?  I read on a press release that the finalist would be notified today!!!  Wish me luck.

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