Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Feb 12, 2022 / 11:48 am
When Sarah Escobar packed her bags for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, she included a memento from her mother: a stone carved with the word “Faith.”
“Sarah’s mom said she gave it to her, and Sarah holds it near because she feels that she is grounded in her belief in God and in the fact that we are all connected in our humanity,” Pamela Madzy, the coordinator of the migrant ministry at Escobar’s hometown parish, told CNA.
The 20-year-old alpine skier from New Jersey may not have won gold during the Winter Games, but she did make history. Escobar is Ecuador’s first female athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics and carried the country’s flag during the opening ceremonies. Born in the U.S. to Ecuadorian emigrants, she claims dual citizenship.
The athlete competed in the women’s giant slalom on February 6 and 7.