Can Athletes from Tropical Countries compete in Winter Olympics? | Burning Questions

Can Athletes from Tropical Countries compete in Winter Olympics? | Burning Questions

Pristine beaches, crystal-clear seas, and balmy temperatures. Where better for
an athlete to prepare for the Winter Olympic games? Snowy powerhouses like Norway
and Canada will be expected to dominate proceedings at the
Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. But what about those countries
where ice would be nice and snow is thin on the ground? Can athletes from hot
countries really cut it at the Winter Olympics? It sounds like the plot… ..of a Hollywood movie. (BURNING QUESTIONS (HOW DO ATHLETES FROM
Burning Questions, we’ll be introducing you to the world’s
most unlikely Winter Olympians, who’ve overcome geography in
their quest to go faster, higher and stronger. For many of these athletes, just qualifying for the Winter
Olympics can be a metaphorical mountain to climb, as
qualifying events take place in, yes, you’ve guessed it,
hot… COLD countries. That means extensive travel
or even upping sticks and moving to
a colder climate. Despite this, there is an
honourable tradition of athletes from
non-traditional countries competing at the Winter games. Ever since the Jamaican
bobsleigh team captured the imagination of the
world back in 1988, a series of competitors
from less-than-frozen climes have followed where
these trailblazers led. A total of 37 tropical nations
have participated in the Winter Olympics, while
several other predominantly warm weather nations
have also sent athletes. Pyeongchang will see
the debut of four more. Ecuador, Eritrea,
Malaysia and Singapore. But did you know that 60 years
before the events made famous by Cool Runnings, Mexico
actually became the first hot country to send athletes to
the Winter Olympics? And they were bobsleighers,
no less. Their bobsleigh team actually
managed to finish 16th out of 23 entries. It would be 56 years
before Mexico sent another athlete to the Winter Olympics,
but it was worth the wait. Because the athlete they sent
was this gentleman, Prince Hubertus of
Hohenlohe-Langenburg. I know what you’re thinking.
He doesn’t SOUND very Mexican. Prince Hubertus is actually
descended from German royalty. But he was born in Mexico City,
making him eligible to compete for Mexico. After founding the Mexican
Ski Federation in 1981, he’s represented Mexico at virtually every
Winter Olympics since. As famed for his
outlandish costumes as his exploits on the piste,
Prince Hubertus has truly reigned over
the Olympic spirit. Another athlete who knows
what it’s like to carry the hopes of a balmy nation
on his shoulders is Shiva Keshavan. He became the first Indian
to compete in the luge at the Winter Olympic Games. In fact, he’s also the youngest
person ever to qualify for
the Olympics in luge, making his debut when
he was just 16 years old. I couldn’t even cook a chicken
Kiev when I was 16 years old. The sliding prodigy has
gone on to represent India at no fewer than
five Olympic Games, and he’s hoping to make it
six in Pyeongchang. Kenyan Philip Boit was a
middle distance runner with no experience of skiing
when he was approached to train for the Winter Olympic
Games in Nagano in 1998. Although he finished last in
the 10km cross-country race, he was involved in one of
the most memorable scenes in Olympic history when
the winner, Norwegian Nordic ski legend
Bjørn Dæhlie, waited 20 minutes for Boit to
cross the finish line, greeting him with a hug. No “listicle”… Get it? ..would be complete
without mentioning the famous Jamaican
bobsleigh team. The team, several of whom had
tried out unsuccessfully for Jamaica’s
track and field team, borrowed spare sleds from other
countries in order to compete. Although they did not finish, having crashed out
during qualifiers, they became a firm fan
favourite, and, of course, inspired the movie
Cool Runnings. So they DID make a movie out of
it! I told you at the beginning. And they were no
one-hit wonders. The team returned to the Winter
Olympics again in 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2014. They remain the enduring symbol
of athletes from hot countries overcoming the odds… ..until now. 30 years after the men
from Jamaica made bobsleighing history,
a team of woman from Nigeria will follow in their
icy footsteps, becoming the first
Nigerian athletes to compete in the
Winter Olympics. Other warm weather nations that have competed
in the Winter games include Bermuda, Hong Kong,
Swaziland and Uruguay. But perhaps the strangest tale
of all belongs to Australia. In 2002, they gained the
distinction of becoming the first
southern hemisphere country to win a gold medal
at the Winter Olympics, but it’s how they did it
that’s even more surprising. Steven Bradbury was in last
place coming into the final lap of the men’s 1,000 metre
short track speed skating when, suddenly, this happened. All Bradbury had to do was glide past the writhing
mass of bodies to claim the gold. Not bad for just staying on
his skates! So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this edition of “Burning Questions”. Don’t forget to leave your Burning Questions in the comments.

85 Replies to “Can Athletes from Tropical Countries compete in Winter Olympics? | Burning Questions”

  1. I'm Mexican and I just talked about this and have a huge problem with how my country handles this. This year we sent 4 athletes, BUT: 2 of them were born in the US (one is married to a Mexican and the other ones father is Mexican) the other 2 were born in Mexico but one was adopted when he was 3 years old by a Canadian family and DOESN'T SPEAK SPANISH, and the last one has been living in the US for the past 10 years. NONE of these people are really Mexican (except for the last guy who's 43) These people only used their double nationality card strategically so they could go to the Olympics as Mexicos number one in their sport, because there isn't internal competition, and weren't good enough to qualify in order to represent their home countries, and can actually afford it (our Olympic Committee can barely afford send the good athletes to the summer games, they aren't gonna spend a penny on these people) But what for? to represent a country they feel nothing for, some of them haven't even lived there their entire life, know nothing about it, not even the language? They are not Mexicans, period. If the (Canadian) kid pulls out a miracle, because lets face it, none of them are gonna make it pass the qualify rounds, and wins gold, WHAT NATIONAL ANTHEM IS HE GONNA SING!? If he doesn't speak Spanish, you bet he doesn't know other National Anthem other than "O Canada" and rightfully so because that's what he is, CANADIAN. Mexico needs to sort this out because this years' delegation is ridiculous; getting to the Olympics like this is shameful and unfair, and I can't take out of my head that they took away some other athlete dream and spot, bursting with pride to represent his or her country in the biggest sporting event, that almost made it to the games but came after these guys that are only there because they pulled out their Mexican passport out of a drawer.

  2. I remember four years ago when i saw my first winter Olympics and i was shocked to see Jamaica. I as rooting for them the entire time.

  3. Philippines have the first south east Asian country to participate in winter Olympics they have a figure skater and alpine skii. And now I they compete

  4. Shiva Keshavan deserves more recognition. Here in India not many people know about him, despite he is current Asian Champion without a track in his country.

  5. The australian one is even mkre funny, because the only reason he was even in the final was because the same thing happened in the semis and the reason he was there was because one of the guys who came before him in the quarters was disqualified??

  6. Yeah yeah, Mexico was the first WARM weather country to compete in the Winter Games, BUT they're NOT A TROPICAL NATION. It was the PHILIPPINES. The 2 Filipino skiers in 1972 competing in Men's Slalom and Giant Slalom. I CAN'T BELIEVE THE OFFICIAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF THE LARGEST SPORT EVENT IN THE WORLD DIDN'T STATED IN THIS VIDEO THAT THE PHILIPPINES IS THE FIRST TROPICAL COUNTRY TO COMPETE IN THE WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES. bytheway, ?? will have 2 athletes in Pyeongchang. LABAN PILIPINAS!

    P.S. I'm disliking this video.?

  7. Can people from countries not on the Equator compete in the summer Olympics is a question we ponder every year. I suppose that's why we have winter and summer Olympics, so wherever you're from you can excel at one or the other.

  8. Sorry for my grammar, English is my 2nd language 😉 Anyway, like one of the comments here, they train on/in another country. Some have dual citizenship and/or naturalized citizenship, so they can choose which country they would like to represent who gave them an opportunity for their olympic dream.

  9. There are still hot countries left to debut. Panama (my country) as well arab countries (except morocco, iran and lebanon). maybe my country (Panama) will debut in Beijing 2022.

  10. In Panama, they've organized ice rinks in Malls, Cinta costera, etc. Ice rinks maybe will motivate some people to represent Panama in Beijing 2022 in figute skating without going to colder countries to train.

  11. Uruguay was in winter Olympics???? I will have to research that, I am uruguayan. Besides that, thank you for this video, I was wondering how hot (or warm) countries could compete in the winter olympics of 2018. I want to say another thing, you united states people have the wrong idea that the countries of your south until South Pole, meaning the rest of America without Canada, are all half blood between spanish and native american, that couldn´t be so wrong. As it happened in your country, the rest of America was already builted by many european people that came during the XX century, as it happened in my country Uruguay. So beeing surprised to see a blond mexican is really racist. And as United States also had native americans, I believed mucho of them mixed with the europeans and there may be a lot of half blood people in your country too. About the australian man who won, he was really very lucky. And the norweian, good gesture!

  12. It's stupid to call it the "Olympics." Call it winter challenges or winter games or something else. The Olympics is a worldwide competition but this winter one only favors countries in a geographical location. It's like having the desert Olympics that exclude many countries.

  13. Yeah yeah, Mexico was the first WARM weather country to compete in the Winter Games, BUT they're NOT A TROPICAL NATION. It was the PHILIPPINES. The 2 Filipino skiers in 1972 competing in Men's Slalom and Giant Slalom. I CAN'T BELIEVE THE OFFICIAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF THE LARGEST SPORT EVENT IN THE WORLD DIDN'T STATED IN THIS VIDEO THAT THE PHILIPPINES IS THE FIRST TROPICAL COUNTRY TO COMPETE IN THE WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES. bytheway, ?? will have 2 athletes in Pyeongchang. LABAN PILIPINAS!

  14. It doesn’t take much googling to know that Cool Runnings is pretty inaccurate and that the Jamaican bobsled team was recruited from the army not the Summer Olympic Trials.

  15. remembering that the predominant climate in Brazil is not tropical but Equatorial, but we also have tropical, tropical attitudes, tropical atlantic, tropical moist, subtropical and semiarid

  16. Can tripical countries host the olympics? for exanble dubi has a indoor ski resort and over things that they could use for the olympics.

  17. Philippines ?? is competing in Winter Olympics but we are gird by tropical seas. We’ve produced the very 1st figure skater from the tropical region of asia. Come on Southeast Asia!!! Bring home some medals although we only have two seasons! Hot and Hotter season!! Lol ? ? ?

  18. I'm so proud as a fellow Malaysian for Julian Yee debuted in Pyeongchang Winter Olympic in the men's figure skating ⛸

  19. There is snow in India there r Himalayan mountain range in India so technically Shiva is not from a country where there is no snow and Shiva also belongs from mountain region so he should not be in this list

  20. Isadora Williams was the first brazillian girl to conquer a spot in an Figure Skating olympic, in 2014 Sochi, and now in PyeongChang she reach the finals.
    She's half american (born in the USA) and chose to compete for Brazil.
    Isadorable ♥

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