The story of Sarah Escobar, the first woman from Ecuador to compete in the Winter Olympics

Sarah Escobar will be the first woman to participate in Ecuador in alpine skiing at the winter Olympic Games, after the debut of the also Ecuadorian Klaus Jungbluth in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, and who is waiting to enter the group of the Beijing 2022 qualifiers.

“I am the first woman to compete in the Winter Olympics and I am very excited and proud to represent the women of Ecuador, my age,” Escobar said. Through an interview broadcast by the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee (COE).

The athlete, 19 years old and residing in New Jersey (USA)He has dual nationality as he is of Ecuadorian parents and will represent the Andean country at the XXIV Beijing Olympic Games in February.

And although it will be the first experience as an absolute athlete, Escobar already savored a competition of the greatness of a Winter Olympics, although it was in the youth version in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2020.

In Beijing, he will take part in the Giant Slalom specialty, a descent between poles stuck in the snow.

“When I’m at the start of the race, you feel all the adrenaline, I love the speed”said Escobar, who recognizes that he will take advantage of this experience “to learn from the best”, as he has been doing since he was three years old, when he followed in the footsteps of his brother Eithan, the other skier in the family.

Her passion for the sport soon led her to participate and win tournaments in New Jersey, until, with the support of her parents, she entered the Waterville Academy in New Hampshire.

With a higher level of preparation, she participated in the International Ski Federation (FIS) circuit, which also helped her three years ago to reach the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Escobar assures that now he feels that he has matured as a person and as an athlete with his alpine ski team from Saint Michael’s College University, in Vermont.

“I am doing a lot of exercise, training in the physical and technical part with my team, I think I am well prepared for these Olympics and I am going to prepare more”, he pointed.

“I want to be an inspiration for all the children who want to do this sport, it is not easy, but it is not impossible either. I will try to do my best in the Olympic Games, share this dream with all Ecuadorians, so that they send me their positive energy, “said the athlete.

The COE has established that the athlete will travel to China at the end of January to start the preparation prior to the Women’s Giant Slalom event scheduled for February 7.

Ecuador participated for the first time in a winter games in 2018, with the athlete Klaus Jungbluth, who is awaiting access to Beijing after not reaching the direct ticket in the last World Cup.

For this reason, he is awaiting the final list of qualifiers after his good results in competitions in Lebanon and Australia.