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So how did you come to be representing Paraguay in Freestyle Skiing?
The idea about representing Paraguay in freestyle skiing – in the slopestyle discipline – is an idea that was in the back of my mind for some time. It took a while for it to develop and with my coaches' support I made my final decision.
Choosing to represent Paraguay was not a simple decision – I had doubts at times and I was wondering if I had made the right call. I was in a very good position this year leading up to the Olympics, skiing under the United States and being invited to every American Olympic qualifying event. But when I heard news from FIS that everything had been approved for me to ski under Paraguay, I then immediately headed to Asunción. Once I arrived and began my pre-Olympic preparation and met with the National Olympic Committee and Sports Ministry of Paraguay, I knew I made the absolute best decision of my life.
Was there a lot of attention on you in Paraguay before you arrived in Sochi?
There was definitely a great amount of positive publicity on me going on before I even arrived in Paraguay! I felt a great amount of support and love and genuine interest to learn more about slopestyle skiing. It was the first time that Paraguay would compete in a Winter Games. I was creating history for my country and I felt that everyone back in Paraguay was beyond encouraging.
How did it feel to be carrying Paraguay's flag for the Opening Ceremony?
Walking into the Fisht Stadium for the Opening Ceremony carrying the Paraguay flag was the most incredible experience of my life. I felt a feeling I have never experienced before. A rush of emotions came to me and I could feel myself truly living my Olympic dream. All of my dedication had paid off. None of the hardships, broken bones, hours of practice mattered anymore. My dream was a reality and I was creating Olympic history for my country. As I walked around the stadium waving my flag to the crowd of 40,000 people I was in complete awe. The music was blasting, there were so many flashes of cameras and the crowd was going absolutely insane as the announcer said “Paraguay”. I could have never prepared for monumental moment in my life and will never forget this once in a lifetime feeling.
Describe your emotions when you were standing at the top of that slop preparing for your first run.
The main emotion I felt at the top of the start gate before my first run was pure excitement. I knew I had earned my spot in the Olympics and was competing against the best female slopestyle skiers in the world. I tried to relax and just take it as any other competition and to have fun and ski the best of my ability.
What was it like to live in the Olympic Village?
The Olympic Village environment is something so unique. The best athletes in the world are all in one small area. You can feel this special connection between everyone that we all shared this common goal to become Olympians. We all had the dedication and determination to make our dreams come true. I felt that everyone respected one another greatly and were so interested to learn more about everyone's particular sport. My whole Sochi 2014 experience was really great and I think that Russia was prepared for all the athletes' events and accommodations the best they could be.
Do you think your appearance in Sochi will have a positive impact on sport in Paraguay?
I think competing in the Winter Olympics in Sochi will have an incredible impact on sport in Paraguay. I think my story really shows that anything is possible. I want to encourage people in Paraguay to get involved in winter sports if they have the opportunity. I hope that I can act as a positive role model and that people feel they connect with my story.
I definitely think that my achievement has resonated with young people. I think being 21 and becoming an Olympian is something that people my age are taken aback by. I think the factor of being adopted has also generated a lot of positive response as well. I feel that people can look at my story and connect on a few different levels with me, being adopted, being a skier, and being a college student. I think these other aspects besides being a professional athlete really attract and interest my fans.
Will we see you in PyeongChang in four years' time?
I am very interested in continuing my slopestyle ski career and competing in the next Winter Olympics. I hope to take the rest of this season off and relax and regroup for the next World Cup season. I would like to finish school as well before the next Olympics.
ANOC PRESS RELEASE
Sochi; 24 February 2014: The ANOC President, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah, today echoed IOC President Thomas Bach's assertion that Sochi 2014 was “the Athletes' Games” as he praised Russia's first Olympic Winter Games for making the needs of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and their athletes priority number one.
Speaking following the Closing Ceremony, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah said:
“Last night's Closing Ceremony was a fitting tribute to what has been an outstanding Games. From the very beginning the athletes' interests have been put at the very heart of Sochi 2014's philosophy. In a Games in which many records were broken, including the record for the largest number of NOCs participating at a Winter Games, it was the athletes' positive experience and assessment of Sochi that was the most valuable success.
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Sochi; 18 February 2014: ANOC Secretary General, Gunilla Lindberg, today spoke of ANOC's commitment to disseminating best practice amongst the world's NOC as she met with three international students who were selected by ANOC to receive scholarships to study the Master of Sport Administration (MSA) course at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU), one of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee's flagship legacy projects.
Evelyn Hopp from the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), Menéndez Jorge Mario Marroquín from Guatemala and Llanga Pathirathnalage Wijeratne from the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka were all selected by ANOC to receive a Vladimir Potanin Scholarship at RIOU.
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Sochi; 17 February 2014: The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) today offered its backing to the newly reinstated Indian Olympic Association (IOA), pledging to support its reintegration to the Olympic Movement and facilitate the full participation of Indian athletes at all Olympic Games, following the ceremony to raise the Indian flag at the Sochi 2014 Mountain Olympic Village yesterday.
The flag-raising ceremony came after Tuesday's decision by the IOC Executive Board to lift the suspension on the IOA. The decision was made after a report on the IOA's recent General Assembly and elections of a new board confirmed that the NOC had fully respected their new constitution and complied with all IOC requirements. It is the first time in Olympic history that the suspension of an NOC has been lifted during an Olympic Games. As well as participating in the raising of the Indian flag at the Olympic Village, Indian athletes will now be allowed to walk behind their national flag at the Closing Ceremony on 23 February.
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