Luke Steyn, Zimbabwe’s first winter Olympian
Zimbabwe is making its debut at Sochi, represented by Luke Steyn, who will be competing in alpine skiing. Zimbabwe, a country in Africa that has never seen snow, is an unlikely competitor on the snow. It takes me back to the time Kirsty Coventry won a broke a world record at the olympics, and the commentator was shocked, gasping, “Zimbabwe in the swimming pool!!”If that was shocking, Zimbabwe on the slopes should shock the daylights out people. Zimbabwe is not the only country making a debut, there are seven countries making a debut, Malta, Togo, Paraguay, East Timor, Dominica and Tonga. A little information about Luke: Gender: Male Nationality: Zimbabwe Birthday: 7 June 1993 Age: 20 Height: 1.82 m (6′ 0”) Weight: 81 kg / 179 lbs Place of Birth: Zimbabwe, HARARE Occupation: Athlete, Student Languages Spoken: English, French Education: Business Management – University of Colorado Boulder, United States Additional Information Start of sporting career He took up skiing at age two in Zug, Switzerland. (thetimes.co.uk, 10 Oct 2013) Awards He was Zimbabwe’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (ONS, 07 Feb 2014) General FROM AFRICA TO EUROPE He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, and moved to Switzerland at age two. “Though I have moved from Zimbabwe, I still feel very much connected to it. As they say, it’s in your blood, and I hope to live and work in Africa again one day.” (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 13 Jan 2014) NATIONAL FIRST At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi he will become the first athlete from Zimbabwe to take part in an Olympic Winter Games. (zoc.co.zw, 26 Aug 2013) SUPPORT He was awarded an Olympic scholarship by the International Olympic Committee [IOC] for the period of June 2013 to February 2014. The scholarship is designed to provide financial and technical aid, in order to help elite athletes qualify for major events. (zoc.co.zw, 26 Aug 2013) EDUCATION HIATUS He took a year out of his university studies so that he could focus on qualifying for 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (zoc.co.zw, 26 Aug 2013) All the best Luke!