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Mackenson Florindo and Haiti’s tale of alpine skiing hope a decade on from the nation’s horrific earthquake

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Location: Les Diablerets, Switzerland

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When unlikely alpine skier Mackenson Florindo shot down the slopes of Les Diablerets at Lausanne 2020, a sporting first for Haiti coincided with a poignant anniversary in the Caribbean island nation’s history.

Florindo, Haiti’s first and only Winter Youth Olympian at Lausanne 2020, finished a respectable 51st in a field of 77 athletes in Men’s Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom on Monday, January 13.

It marked exactly a decade and a day on from the devastating earthquake that affected an estimated one-third of Haiti’s population. 

The 17-year old also competed in the Men’s Alpine Skiing Slalom event the following day (January 14) but did not finish his opening run so was ruled out of the competition.

Competing at the Winter Youth Olympic Games was Florindo’s target rather than winning gold and it marked the end of a remarkable personal journey. 

Born in Verrettes, a village about 60km north of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, the youngster was dropped off at an orphanage at the age of three as his biological mother couldn’t afford to look after him properly. Migrated to France six months later Florindo found himself adopted by a family from the city of Grenoble in the French Alps. It was there that the seed of an Olympic dream was planted.

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