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Trinidad & Tobago’s sole athlete at Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) blazing a trail for other Caribbean kids to get involved in winter sports

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Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

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Abigail Vieira made history becoming the first athlete to ever represent Trinidad & Tobago’s at the Winter Youth Olympic Games when she took part in the Alpine slalom events at Lausanne 2020.

The 17-year-old, who names Serena Williams as her heroine, hopes that her determination to make it in a winter sport will show the way for other youngsters from the Caribbean to believe they too belong alongside the best in the world.

She said: It means so much because I feel like I can be an advocate for other Trinidadian and Tobagonian skiers to go into a winter sport and represent their country in a winter sport. And it just means a lot to a lot of people back home too just to see their flag in a setting that hasn’t been there before. That is one of the great things about representing.”

Abigail is the sole member of the Trinidad & Tobago team. Her father Richard is the Chef de Mission and her 19-year-old sister Ria is her assistant coach.

She has competed in the Super-G, the Slalom and the Alpine Combined events. Her best finish was 32nd in the Alpine Combined, and her performance embodied the Olympic spirit.

She said: I’m not trying to get first, second or third, although that would be great! But I’m just really trying to push myself harder than I ever have and I think that I have been doing that. There have definitely been times on the course that I am out of my comfort zone and I think that that’s a good start for getting better.”

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