Ethiopia at the
2010 Winter Olympics
IOC codeETH
NOCEthiopian Olympic Committee
Websitewww.ethiolympic.org
in Vancouver
Competitors1 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Robel Teklemariam
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

Ethiopia sent a delegation to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from 12–28 February 2010. Ethiopia was making its second appearance in a Winter Olympics, and like four years prior, the only athlete sent to compete was cross-country skier Robel Teklemariam. Teklemariam finished 93rd in the 15 kilometre freestyle event.

The delegation entering the stadium during the opening ceremonies, led by placard bearer Divya Thakore of Vancouver
The delegation entering the stadium during the opening ceremonies, led by placard bearer Divya Thakore of Vancouver

Background

Ethiopia first competed in the Summer Olympics at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia. With the exceptions of 1976, 1984, and 1988, the nation has competed in every Summer Olympics since then. Ethiopia made their debut at the Winter Olympic Games four years prior, at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.[1] Like the Turin Olympics, cross-country skier Robel Teklemariam was the only athlete Ethiopia sent to the Vancouver Olympics.[2][3] Teklemariam had finished 84th in the Turin Olympics.[4] He was born in Ethiopia, but took up skiing while living in Lake Placid, New York, United States; before returning to Ethiopia and being a part of establishing the Ethiopian Ski Association.[5][6] Teklemariam was chosen as the flag bearer for both the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony.[7][8]

Cross-country skiing

Main article: Cross-country skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Robel Teklemariam was 35 years old at the time of the Vancouver Olympics.[9] He trained for the Olympics by roller skiing in the streets of Addis Ababa.[10] He said his goal for the Vancouver Games was "to improve on his performance from Italy and to inspire young Ethiopians to follow in his ski tracks."[4] He was entered into a single event, the 15 kilometre freestyle. In the race, held on 15 February 2010, he finished with a time of 45 minutes and 18 seconds, nearly 12 minutes off the gold-medal winning time.[11] He finished in 93rd place, out of 95 competitors who finished the race.[12]

Athlete Event Final
Time Deficit Rank
Robel Teklemariam 15 kilometre freestyle 45:18.9 11:42.6 93

References

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