Skier Madrazo finishes his (long) run yesterday in PyeongChang. Skier Madrazo finishes his (long) run yesterday in PyeongChang.

Dead last finish for cross-country skier

Mexican Olympian crossed finish line 26 minutes after the winner but was all smiles

One of the four members of Mexico’s Winter Olympics team had never skied until last year and yesterday it showed, but so did Olympic spirit.


German Madrazo finished dead last in the men’s 15-kilometer cross-country race at the PyeongChang winter games in South Korea — but he arrived at the finish line all smiles.

And despite his poor showing — he came in 26 minutes after gold-medal winner Dario Cologna of Switzerland — he was given a hero’s welcome.

Cologna was among those who showed their Olympic spirit by greeting Madrazo at the finish line and lifting him into the air.

The 43-year-old proudly carried a Mexican flag in the final stretch of the race.

Fellow team member Sarah Schleper was eliminated Thursday after a fall in the women’s giant slalom.

Source: El País (sp), USA Today (en)

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  • mexitarrio

    that is what it is about !!

    • CensorSheep

      yeah, let’s be jolly losers!

      • mexitarrio

        You certainly have the loser part down pat

  • WestCoastHwy

    Mexicans and winter sports….LMMFAO! Hey, that’s why you and I are here, for the summer weather; so look towards the Summer Olympics and then smile.

  • CensorSheep

    me da pena, nieto.

  • Had never skied till last year, and now he’s an Olympian (and not a very good one)? This is beyond ridiculous.

    • Crewlaw

      I guess you never heard of that Jamaican bobsled team? ‘Feel good stories’ are part of what the Olympics are about, but I guess some people are cynical about EVERYthing.