Peru sends three atletles to 2014 Winter Olympics

Three Peruvian athletes will compete at the upcoming Sochi Games.

Three Peruvian athletes will compete at the upcoming Sochi Games.

08:43 | Lima, Feb. 01 (ANDINA).

Three Peruvian athetles will be competing at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games to be held from February 7-23 in the Russian city of Sochi.

The Peruvian team is composed of alpine skiers Ornella and Manfred Oettl Reyes, who were born in Germany to a Peruvian mother; and cross country skier Roberto Carcelen, who resides in Seatlle, USA.

However, the participation of Carcelen in the upcoming event was in doubt after the athlete suffered a bad ski accident while training in Austria a few days ago, which left him with broken and bruised ribs.

"I was devastated after the doctors advised not to compete and that it might take at least 4 weeks to see improvements," Carcelen said on his website.

Despite the accident, Carcelen said he was not ready to give up just yet. "Sometimes the road to success is about pushing through, being persistent and don't move your target goal around despite adversity."

"So I'm going for it, it will be a long and painful 'race'. This is one of the biggest challenge I have ever faced," the 42-year-old added.

Carcelen and the Oettl Reyes siblings --Ornella (22) and Manfred (20)-- also competed in Vancouver in 2010, becoming the first Peruvian athletes to ever compete in the Winter Olympics.

According to event organizers, the 2014 Sochi Games will draw 6,700 athletes from 85 nations to compete.


Published: 2/1/2014