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When his skis broke, hopes for the country’s only Alpine skier to compete in Pyeongchang looked dim.22 February 2018
For 18-year-old, merely competing was something of a miracle. Unlike American skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin, who brought 35 pairs of skis, he arrived with just some borrowed skis, and they broke during a training run.
“I often have problems with equipment,” Karapetyan told News.am, Eurasianet.org reports. “In previous [events] in Turkey and Iran, as well as here in Pyeongchang, I have been using my friend’s skis.”
Karapetyan, the only Alpine skier in Armenia’s three-person Olympic squad, said new equipment promised by the Armenian Olympic Federation failed to arrive in time for him to begin training. He was not even given a team uniform.
By the time two new pairs of skis and one pair of boots arrived last week, thanks to the national Olympic committee and the Armenian Ski Federation, it was too late to train for the men’s giant slalom event.
He managed to get in enough training to start today’s slalom, and although he finished only one place above last, Karapetyan managed to complete both runs, unlike some 60 other racers.
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