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African and African American Athletes Break Color Bar at Winter Olympics

Cross country skier Mathilde Petitjean sees herself as a pioneer. She is the first athlete from the West African country of Togo to compete in the Winter Olympics.   “I think that I will inspire more Africans to ski, people of black color, to want to ski,” she said, standing with her skis by the cross country course. “There may be more skating. There is no snow in Africa, but they can build skating rinks.”   And the welcome in Russia, this land of snow and ice?   She...

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