The 2018 Olympic Winter Games kicked off February 9th in PyeongChang, South Korea, and Mexican fans have a lot to be proud of this year.
Although they are a small group, they are representing Mexico in a big way. The four athletes illustrate the multiculturalism between Mexico and the United States.
Meet Robert Franco. The athlete was born in San Jose, California to a Mexican father and American mother. Through his dual Mexican-American citizenship, Franco has been working hard to represent Mexico in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, a nod to his father who is from Guadalajara.
The 24-year-old competes in the men's freestyle ski discipline and is proud to rock the colors of green, white, and red.
"My desire to represent Mexico in the Olympics came from the support of my father's family, who is confident that I can make and change history for my country," he told CONADE.
Franco moved to Colorado after graduating high school to pursue his career in skiing. Franco, who lives in Mexico and has been known to train on gravel due to the lack of ski facilities in the country, wants more people to know about the winter sport in his father's native country.
"My hobby in the ski started when, from the first two years of my life, my parents and siblings, we spent our vacations in the mountains of Sacramento that were 45 minutes from our home, I learned this sport and I started practicing it from the age of 7. I have been a freestyle ski professional for 6 years now."
The President of the Mexican Ski Federation, Carlos Pruneda, was looking for talent in the Mexican-American communities that reside in the United States and contacted Robert to compete in the World Cup in Italy and Canada for Mexico. He came in fifth and qualified for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic.
Keep an eye out for Franco as he fulfills his dreams competing in the winter Olympics.