Panama’s bobsleigh team gets TV show

For the first time in history, the tropical country of Panama may be represented in the Olympic Winter sports to be held in February 2014 in Russia. The “Spirit of Panama” bobsleigh team came in 32nd in the World Championship held last winter in St. Moritz, Switzerland and has entered the Olympic Qualifiers to begin in October this year. Thirty teams will qualify. “Spirit of Panama” stands a good chance of making it.

Jonathan Romero, Arsenio Caballero, Andrés Rodríguez, Chris Zollinger and Eduardo Fonseca in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Jonathan Romero, Arsenio Caballero, Andrés Rodríguez, Chris Zollinger and Eduardo Fonseca in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

To complete the Spirit of Panama, a sixth member is needed. The athlete who will have this unique opportunity will be chosen on a reality show on TV Max. The winner will get the chance to compete in the Olympics after six months of training (on average, athletes train 25 years to get into the Olympics). Inscriptions will soon be open on www.tvmax-9.com, all registrants must be of Panamanian nationality as per the Olympic guidelines.

When the Swiss expat Chris Zollinger, who lived in Panama until recently approached the Panamanian Eduardo Fonseca with his passion for bobsleighing, nobody could have guessed these two would soon run the first bobsleigh team of Panama to compete at the World Championship and enter the Olympic Qualifiers. The success story has been covered not only in Panamanian but also Swiss press. Eduardo, the bobsleigh pilot says “It fills me with pride to represent Panama in the most important winter sport competition. It shows that with dedication and hard work, everything is possible.”

Follow the team on www.facebook.com/spiritofpanama or www.twitter.com/SpiritofPanama.

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