Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean

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Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean
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BornFebruary 19, 1994 (1994-02-19) (age 24)
Kpalimé, Togo

Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean (born February 19, 1994 [1][2]) is a cross-country skier who competes for Togo. She competed for Togo at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the 10 km classical race.[3] Petitjean finished in 68th place in her only race out of 75 competitors, nearly ten minutes behind the winner Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland. Petitjean hopes that her appearance will help to inspire the youth of Africa to participate in winter sports.[4]

Petitjean was born in Togo, to a Togolese mother which allowed her the opportunity to compete for the country. She was contacted by Togolese Ski Federation in March 2013 via Facebook to compete for the country at the Winter Olympics. Petitjean has lived the majority of her life in Haute-Savoie, France, where she learned to ski.[5]

She carried the Togolese flag at the opening ceremony.[6]

She competed for France until her switch to compete for Togo.

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  1. ^ Mumuni, Moutakilou (16 January 2014). "Togo: Sochi Olympics 2014 – Mathilde Petitjean Amivi Proud to Represent Togo". Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  2. ^ FIS Biography
  3. ^ "Le Togo allongera la liste des pays tropicaux aux jeux d'hiver". www. (in French). 29 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ Willemsen, Eric (13 February 2014). "Togo's 1st Winter Olympian Wants to Inspire Africa". Associated Press. Krasnaya Polyana, Russia: ABC News. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  5. ^ Spillane, Chris; Woussou, Kossi (7 February 2014). "Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean skis cross-country from France to Sochi via Togo". Sydney Morning Herald. Johannesburg, South Africa. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony – Flagbearers" (PDF). Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.