Three athletes represent Lebanon at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games 2010

14Feb10

Happy Valentines.

A magical opening for the Winter Olympic Games this season in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Undoubtedly the poet giving significance to Canada’s proud identity left me marked, and I personally salute it.

I watched the opening games on TV switching between NBC’s sarcastic critic and funny American ignorant to the rest of the world all while being a staunch supporter to his American compatriots, and the French Canadian RDS channel.

Three Lebanese athletes marched their way to represent Lebanon in the Winter Olympic Games in Alpine Skiing:

  • 16 year old Achi Ghassan
  • 18 year old Jacky Chamoun
  • 25 year old Chirine Njeim

To each, we would like to Thank You for representing an alive and vibrant people and wish you all the best at the games. Courage!

… and to Canada, the epitome of diversity and home to the worlds’ friendliest people; I am sure all the athletes will feel at home.

Update (24/02/2010) Last week, Chirine Njeim told another Olympic ski team’s coach where she is from, he replied, likely picturing a Middle East desert, “And you’re skiing?”
The response is not much different in her home country.

Lebanon does have six ski hills, and is not, as she said, just “desert and camels and sand.”

Her parents have mostly funded her skiing pursuits in the absence of federation support, while she has worked toward graduation in May in human development at the University of Utah and trained for the Olympics. Instead of a Lebanese team uniform, she’s wearing a Ute ski suit, while going against the world’s best skiers representing Lebanon.

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3 Responses to “Three athletes represent Lebanon at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games 2010”

  1. Je ne savais pas ou vous feliciter donc je poste ca ici :

    Je viens de voir que le blog peut etre traduit en plusieurs langues.. dont l’hebreu! :D
    Bravo les gars!!!

  2. 2 ce

    February 13 11:45 AM Alpine Skiing – Men’s Downhill (Medal Event)
    February 14 12:45 PM Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Super Combined Downhill
    February 14 1:45 PM Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Super Combined Slalom (Medal Event)
    February 16 2:45 PM Alpine Skiing – Men’s Super Combined Downhill
    February 16 3:45 PM Alpine Skiing – Men’s Super Combined Slalom (Medal Event)
    February 17 4:45 PM Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Downhill (Medal Event)
    February 19 5:45 PM Alpine Skiing – Men’s Super – G (Medal Event)
    February 20 6:45 PM Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Super – G (Medal Event)
    February 21 7:45 PM Alpine Skiing – Men’s Giant Slalom 1st Run
    February 21 8:45 PM Alpine Skiing – Men’s Giant Slalom 2nd Run
    February 24 9:45 PM Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Giant Slalom 1st Run
    February 24 10:45 PM Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Giant Slalom 2nd Run (Medal Event)
    February 26 11:45 PM Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Slalom 1st Run
    February 26 12:45 AM Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Slalom 2nd Run (Medal Event)
    February 27 1:45 AM Alpine Skiing – Men’s Slalom 1st Run
    February 27 2:45 AM Alpine Skiing – Men’s Slalom 2nd Run (Medal Event)

  3. 3 shadi

    when are the lebanese schedualed to race


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