18 Countries are Only Sending One Athlete to Compete in Sochi
The internet has already caught on to Mexico’s lone Winter Olympic entrant, the eccentric, 55-year-old, royal pop-star, Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe, but 17 other countries are also sending a single competitor to Sochi next month.
Mental Floss has a fantastic full-breakdown of each of the competitors, which are largely from warm weather countries, but also includes an entrant from mountainous Nepal, as well as Timor-Leste, which boasts a population of 1.2 million people. Tonga’s entrant even legally changed his name to that of a German underwear company so they would help fund his luge training.
Here’s a breakdown of the 18 single-athlete countries:
Cayman Islands: Dow Travers (Slalom/Giant Slalom)
Malta: Elise Pellegrin (Slalom/Giant Slalom)
Philippines: Michael Christian Martinez (Figure Skating)
Bermuda: Tucker Murphy (Cross Country Skiing)
British Virgin Islands: (Freestyle Skiing Half-Pipe)
Luxembourg: Kari Peters (Cross Country Skiing)
Hong Kong: Pan-To Barton Lui (Short Track Speed Skating)
Tonga: Bruno Banani (Luge)
Kyrgyzstan: Dmitry Televsky (Slalom/Giant Slalom/Super G)
Mexico: Hubertus Von Hohenlohe (Slalom)
Nepal: Dachhiri Sherpa (Cross Country Skiing)
Pakistan: Muhammad Karim (Slalom/Giant Slalom)
Paraguay: Julia Marino (Slopestyle Skiing)
Venezuela: Antonio Jose Pardo Andretta (Giant Slalom)
Tajikstan: Andrei Drygin (Downhill/Giant Slalom/Super G)
Timor-Leste: Yohan Goutt Goncalves (Slalom)
Virgin Islands: Jasmine Campbell (Slalom/Giant Slalom)
Zimbabwe: Luke Steyn (Slalom/Giant Slalom)
As you would imagine, a lot of these entrants are making use of dual citizenship, as it is probably not very easy to get a lot of Giant Slalom runs done in Zimbabwe.