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Mohammad Abbas, Olympic Skier

Mohammad Abbas, Olympic Skier

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Pakistan, for the first time ever, has fielded an Olympic skier. He is Mohammad Abbas and he comes from the Nalthar Valley, near Gilgit in Northern Pakistan.

He's a one man team and as a winter Olympic first-timer, it's taken a certain do-it-yourself attitude to reach Vancouver.

Bruce Thorson met Abbas and heard about a journey that started with home-made skis, tied on with strips of wool.

Mohammad Abbas

Mohammad Abbas in Vancouver

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