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Debut of the Venezuelan Antonio Pardo in Sochi was fleeting

Debut of the Venezuelan Antonio Pardo in Sochi was fleeting

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on February 19, 2014

The unprecedented participation of a Venezuelan in the Alpine skiing at the Winter Games did not last long, AP reported.

After starting from position 109, the last in the giant slalom discipline, Antonio Pardo lost his balance at the beginning of the descent; his two skis caved so he ended up face down in the snow.

Furious, Pardo struck three times the snow with his right pole.

"It was a wonderful experience with the best in the world. I did everything I could, unfortunately I could not win the gold medal,'' Pardo said jokingly.

"Of course, coming out as 109 means the conditions are not the same than when you go from number one. The track was already a little broken and I lost a ski'' he added.

In Sochi, Pardo, 43, completed a work that began in the previous Winter Olympics, the 2010 Vancouver. Then the banker, who spends the year between Switzerland and Venezuela, decided he wanted to be an Olympian.

"I always wanted to do this,'' Pardo said. "I had in my head the idea of competing in the Olympics. I did not want to reach 60 or 70 years and say, `I could have been in the Games and never tried’.''

Pardo’s participation coincides with the wave of protests in Venezuela, with violent clashes between students and the police. The Venezuelan has been tuned for news from his native country, while trying to focus on the Games.

"The Olympics are scheduled many years ago. I did not choose the date or the time,'' he expressed. And added: "I can not change the history of what is happening in Venezuela, but I’m trying to convey a message of optimism from here, that dreams are possible. I think I have given joy to my country during this difficult times.''

"People who follow me on Twitter tell me I'm one of the few good news among so many bad that they have,'' he said.

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