Meet Lebanon's first Olympic cross-country skier! - The961

Meet Lebanon's first Olympic cross-country skier!

Last month, the Municipality of Bcharre announced that Samer Tawk is the first Lebanese cross-country skier to be

qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics

which will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The 19-year-old athlete switched from alpine skiing to cross-country skiing two and half years ago, according to an

interview

. He trained hard to get qualified for the Olympics' 15 km freestyle event. Living in Bcharre, a region in Northern Lebanon famous for its large skiing community, helped Samer to be familiar with this sport and train as much as he can. Samer likes challenges, and he is looking forward to taking part in the next Winter Olympics which will be held in Beijing in 2022. He is also planning on majoring in physical education since he wants to be a professional skier. We wish him the best of luck!

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