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Antonio Pardo parades in the closing ceremony of Sochi Winter Games

Antonio Pardo parades in the closing ceremony of Sochi Winter Games

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on February 23, 2014

This Sunday Antonio Pardo, the sole Venezuelan that participated in the 2014 Winter Games, took part of the closing ceremony.

Pardo, 43, became the first Venezuela native to compete in Alpine skiing, when he raced last Wednesday in giant slalom, which he failed when losing one of his skis. Therefore, he fell over just a few seconds after starting.

"I felt comfortable and very well," he said then, adding that he could have a good performance, "but that's sport." In an interview with Venezuelan TV network Globovision, Pardo said he hopes to return soon to Venezuela to encourage people to practice winter sports.

“This is what I’ve always wanted to do,” said to The Spokesman-Review the 43-year old banker, who lives in Switzerland and Venezuela, and did not finish his run in the giant slalom. “I always had this idea on my mind, to compete in the Olympics. I didn’t want to be 60, 70 years old and think, ‘I could’ve been in the games and never tried.’ ”

Also, according to AFP, Pardo already has expectations for the next Winter Games to be held in 2018. "The future for Venezuela and other Latin American countries is that we have more representatives. We will endeavor to be present in other games, if not with me, with another fellow. We want to work in the federation to find young people who can represent us," he said.

The Olympic Winter Games kicked off two weeks ago and said goodbye at the Fisht stadium, in the coastal city of Sochi, with the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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