Ecuador’s first-ever winter Olympian competes in Pyeongchang

If you are from Ecuador and you live on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, cross-country skiing at the Olympic Winter Games seems a bit far-fetched. But Klaus Jungbluth Rodriguez has defied the odds to qualify for the Games and will march into Pyeongchang’s Olympic Stadium as Ecuador’s first ever Winter Olympian. “It’s like you are carrying your whole country in your hands, I’ll do my best to make my country very proud,” Rodriguez said after his first training session in Pyeongchang. At every Winter Olympics there are competitors from nations that few expect to see in colder climate sports and Ecuador will…

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