Ethiopian cross-country skier Teklemariam to compete in his second Winter Olympics

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on February 8, 2010 12:26 pm

Somehow Trey Parker and Matt Stone missed Robel Teklemariam in their famous South Park episode featuring Starvin’ Marvin and Sally Struthers.

Well who is Robel Teklemariam? He’s a 35-year-old one-man cross-country team for Ethiopia. This Winter Olympics in Vancouver will be his second. A 1993 graduate of Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Teklemariam earned a full ride scholarship to the University of New Hampshire.

He ended up in the U.S. at 9, when his mother’s U.N. job landed them in New York.  A nature lover, Teklemariam gravitated towards cross-country skiing in Lake Placid at the private North Country School.

His goal for the Winter Olympics is to better the 10-minute margin of the top finisher in the 15k. Beyond that? “My goal is for Ethiopia to be a mainstay in the Winter Olympics and have something established domestically for people to ski and train,” he told the Aspen Daily News.

So, we’ll have a cross-country skier from Ethiopia, a giant slalom skier from the Cayman Islands, and of course, the Jamaican Team of One, ski cross powerhouse Errol Kerr.

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