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Ethiopian Nordic skier (wait, what?) hopes for Olympic gold

Feb 12, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

If your native language doesn’t even have a word for snow, chances are you’re not going to be standing on the medal stand in Vancouver this year. But wait, here’s Robel Teklemariam of Ethiopia, who is that nation’s entire Winter Olympic team. A Nordic skier (yep) who is entered in the 15-kilometer race, Teklemariam was the first Ethiopian to compete at a Winter Games in 2006 in Turin, Italy, where he finished 84th. Key quote: “I would have finished even if I had to crawl on my knees.” He figures to do a lot better this go-around, even though he can only train back home on inline skates. Your move, Hollywood.
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I’ll be in front of my TV rooting wildly for him while wearing my Hannah Teeter underwear. Wait, I didn’t mean to actually type that last part …
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  1. Bob Wolfington - Feb 12, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    NBC Shame on you. How could you show/air that amaising athlete’s death 3 (blanking) times in a row. This is just another shade of Joe Theisman broken leg replay tradgity. You have taken the low road, not the high road. This is another example of sensationalistic product, not news. How could you face his mother and father with integrity in your hearts.

  2. Rick Chandler - Feb 12, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    I’m sorry, this is abuse. You want 12A next door.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQFKtI6gn9Y
    You’ve wandered into the wrong section of the store, Bob.

  3. Jim Guida - Feb 13, 2010 at 2:07 AM

    No argument, Bob. But you watched it every single time, didn’t you? And so did millions of others. NBC is not putting the Olympics on television for charity – they are a business; a business that depends on eyeballs. What happened is a horrible tragedy, but it is part of the Olympic story. What is also sad is that we are going to hear so much about this athelete’s death that we are eventually going to start resenting him. “Move on! Where’s the rest of the story?” I’m sorry, but that’s the way it falls.

  4. jdenishuggard - Feb 13, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    hello msnbc.com-i am older canadian vitally interested in activity in usa-suddenly-here in canada we cant access the msnbc.co olympic activity-what are we doing wrong to be cancelled out of viewing here in canada-please confirm asap/thanks/jdenishuggard-west vancouver,bc,canada