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[–]etrebel16 1819 points1820 points  (39 children)

Will you have to walk all by yourself in the Opening Ceremonies parade? Does that mean you get to carry the flag, too? Sounds like it would be cool, but also kind of lonely. Good luck!!

[–]ERIALPINE96[S] 3127 points3128 points  (27 children)

I won’t have to be alone during the Opening Ceremonies. My support team, my parents, and other members of our delegation will be walking along with me.

[–]newosis 280 points281 points  (1 child)

Reading that makes me think how incredibly proud of you your parents must be. What an amazing experience and I'll be watching out for you on the TV!

[–]darkcatwizard 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Fucking same dude. When I see Eritrea walking I'll scream for you dude!! Best of luck!

[–]DisGateway 647 points648 points  (0 children)

That's really cool, best of luck at the Olympics.

[–]SkatingGuitarist 135 points136 points  (0 children)

How lucky, most other athletes won't have their loved ones next to them on the walk out. I'll definitely wave when I see you on tv!

[–]hatzilu 49 points50 points  (11 children)

Do you have a plan what to do with the few seconds of camera time you'll probably get in the Opening Ceremony? Anything silly we should look for?

[–]Kolabunyi 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Very happy for you! Acknowledging your support team and others who helped make your dream possible shows me that you are an athlete AND a gentleman. Best of luck!

[–]GamingFantasy24Seven 331 points332 points  (5 children)

Yeah but this is the badass kind of lonely.

[–]goldgibbon 335 points336 points  (25 children)

Congrats. What do you hope to do after getting a computer science degree?

[–]ERIALPINE96[S] 436 points437 points  (24 children)

At the moment, I'm not 100% sure if I will continue with my CS degree and I might switch my major. If I do continue with the CS program, I want to work on some cybersecurity and be a private contractor. I've talked to some people in that field, and they advised me not to pursue it considering the development of AI's and how they might phase out these jobs. Realistically though after I graduate, I will probably be working on as a system analyst or some web development job.

[–]-1KingKRool- 135 points136 points  (18 children)

The machines are always going to need people to oversee them and coordinate system defenses, at least for the next few decades.

[–]mortiphago 63 points64 points  (3 children)

yeah the day AIs truly replace those jobs we've got way bigger problems to face than what major to study

[–]Tullyswimmer 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Yeah, that's literally skynet. So...

[–]ArtieKendallsghost 43 points44 points  (6 children)



[–]I_like_code 10 points11 points  (5 children)


[–]fierwall5 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Don’t listen to them AI is still a while out from completely taking over these jobs. Plus someone will have to maintain and improve these systems. Keep at it if that’s what you want to do!

[–]halestock 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Take it from someone who was a CS major and works in this industry: these jobs aren't going anywhere. AI won't be replacing jobs for decades, if ever.

[–]dklyons81 7 points8 points  (0 children)

AI is going to put a lot of people out of jobs, but none of them will be computer scientists or programmers.

[–]ProdigalTimmeh 452 points453 points  (3 children)

Greetings from a fellow Calgary resident!

Your Instagram says you're also a weightlifter in the 77kg class. Do you compete in weightlifting currently, or have you switched gears completely to alpine skiing?

[–]ERIALPINE96[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I started weightlifting in 2011 at PeakPower here in Calgary and used at it means of cross training for my sport. I’m not currently competing in weightlifting because of my skiing, but I would love to get more into competition during my next off-season.

[–]lizardsstreak 13 points14 points  (0 children)

YYC represent!

[–]Honeybadgerbotherer 356 points357 points  (31 children)

Hey man, just wanted to say good luck. My mum is Eritrean and I was born there (half English and live in the UK now) I will show her this thread later and I'm sure she will be proud of you. A question for you, how many times have you been to Eritrea? Have you got much family there still?

[–]thedailyrant 82 points83 points  (29 children)

Hey, since I doubt I'll get a response on my question on this I did want to ask a person of Eritrean descent. When you've been there, do they hit you up for military service (assuming you are a male here)?

I'm guessing no if you don't have an Eritrean passport, but it is a reported thing that all military age men have to do lifetime military service. I was wondering how it happens in practice, because obviously that is not sustainable for the economy.

[–]Carlthellamakiller 92 points93 points  (11 children)

I am an Eritrean born in Canada that goes back often, they don’t ask if you’re not from there. However my male family members born there are required to join the military for a while.

[–]thedailyrant 36 points37 points  (10 children)

Interesting. The Economist suggests the military service is for an indefinite period of time, which is why I asked.


[–]unwanted_puppy 44 points45 points  (7 children)

This isn’t always actually military service. It’s more accurately referred to as national* service, and could include various types of labor.

[–]thedailyrant 18 points19 points  (6 children)

That makes a lot more sense actually. Sort of like German national service.

[–]DownAndOutInLondon 46 points47 points  (4 children)

Except, unlike learning how to be a paramedic in German national service, for many in Eritrea it is dangerous work like digging mines, and international human rights NGOs consider it a form of modern-day slavery.

Of course, for privileged Eritreans it is more rewarding duties, hence the positive stories, like just one year of military service, shared elsewhere in the thread.

[–]Carlthellamakiller 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Ah I know people that were released after a while(a long while) and some that had to run away so that article is probably true. However the part about Eritrean not born in Eritrea not having to join is true.

[–]thedailyrant 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the info. A little bit jarring to think that still happens there.

[–]olive_tree94 20 points21 points  (3 children)

No, they do not ask. What we have to do instead is pay a 2% tax on our gross income. In a country like Sweden where tax records are public, it's easy for the embassy to check what that amount of money should be. If you don't pay this 2% tax then you will be treated like any other tourist if you try to visit Eritrea, and you can't take advantage of certain government services. My dad hasn't paid his tax in maybe 2 decades now so when my grandma inevitably passes away, the inheritance from my great-grandma and the split of assets that will take place will probably be a shit show.

It bears mentioning that some have reported that when they didn't pay the 2% tax they received calls from their local embassy threatening to hurt their family members back in Eritrea, but neither me nor my family have heard of this actually happening to anyone we know. So it might just be lies, or exaggerations.

I believe that Eritrea is one of the only two countries that do this kind of international taxation on their citizens. The other being the US of A, and the very very long reach of the IRS.

[–]Honeybadgerbotherer 12 points13 points  (6 children)

So personally my brother and I never had any trouble or any mention of military service being required but my cousins had to do a year according to my mum.

Sorry that's a bit of a non answer

[–]FiliaSecunda 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I just want to say I love your username.

[–]Honeybadgerbotherer 9 points10 points  (1 child)

You gotta bother those badgers

[–]Lacrix06s 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Honey badger don't care.

[–]dejen45 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I visited Asmara when I was 19, my dad and I kept getting ID requests by military servicemen who looked from ages 17-40s. I had to always have my passport because of suspicions that I wasn't a tourist, and I was trying to escape service.

I had to let my fluent dad do the talking. Unless the request was 'Blah,' to which I know respond 'Harai, yuchunyelae' or 'Zah-gee-bae'

(My mother is African-American, father is from Adi Quala)

[–]thedailyrant 3 points4 points  (1 child)

All good man, thanks for the response. I’ve heard some pretty horrible shit about the regime by I know there can be a lot of half truths about African nations.

[–]olive_tree94 3 points4 points  (0 children)

A lot of shitty, tragic things happen there, but there are also cases of political opposition living in exile fabricating lies or exaggerating things to make it seem even worse and further their own political agenda. I think the atrocities that do take place are bad enough by themselves.

[–]ERIALPINE96[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the good wishes! I’ve been to Eritrea twice in my life; once in 2002 and again in 2014. I would like to go back as soon as I can, however I am unable currently due to my academic studies, work and training schedule. I am currently planning on going back this summer or the next one. I have A LOT of close family (cousins, aunts, uncles, etc) and most of my father’s immediate family still lives there and we still keep in touch regularly.

[–]harrogate 335 points336 points  (9 children)

Is there much of a skiing community in Eritrea? Or in Africa as a whole?

[–]ERIALPINE96[S] 560 points561 points  (0 children)

There isn’t much of a ski community in Eritrea, but I hope through my participation at the Olympics I can inspire Eritreans in Europe and North America to take up skiing.

In Africa there are a few countries with athletes that compete in Cross-Country, Ski Cross and Alpine. I’m familiar with some of them and actually have trained/competed with a few of them.

[–]SurplusCamembert 121 points122 points  (6 children)

Best skiing in Africa is in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

In Lesotho there is a resort called Afriski but it's quite humble.

In South Africa we used to have skiing at Tiffendale in the Eastern Cape but that closed down when I was a kid

Edit: as pointed out below Tiffendale is still open!! I can't remember why I thought it was closed =\

[–]Intup 21 points22 points  (2 children)

[–]SurplusCamembert 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Thank you for correcting me! I must've heard a rumour it was closing down when I was younger and just accepted it =\ I stand happily corrected :)

[–]jfr1988 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It did close down for a while but has new owners now!

[–]emperorgenghiskhan 855 points856 points  (205 children)

Have you actually ever lived in Eritrea? Or are you just representing them as your home country?

[–]austex_mike 872 points873 points  (64 children)

Fort McMurray-born Shannon-Ogbani Abeda is the exception, and will be the East African nation's first-ever athlete to represent Eritrea at the Winter Olympics when they start next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Looks like he is just representing them, but that's fine to me. I have lived in Eritrea, the only way they would ever get winter Olympians is by utilizing athletes of Eritrean descent that live abroad.

[–]d0uble0h 1055 points1056 points  (35 children)

Have they considered sponsoring a massively disadvantaged bobsled team?

[–]_YouDontKnowMe_ 404 points405 points  (21 children)

That would be cool. Let's run with it.

[–]retroredditrobot 146 points147 points  (18 children)

Right. But not strictly “running”, more like runnings. Cool runnings.

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    [–]between_the_seconds 50 points51 points  (14 children)

    Then they can work on feeling the rhyme.

    [–]iamcharlesfarley 67 points68 points  (5 children)

    Only then can it be bobsled time.

    [–]d_d_k 22 points23 points  (0 children)

    You want to kiss my egg?

    [–]misanthreddit 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    no dude. u have to get on up before bobsled time.

    [–]mhickey89 28 points29 points  (4 children)

    Ohmygosh. I always thought it was feel the rhyme. I am so dumb.

    [–]Grumpy_Old_Mans 31 points32 points  (0 children)

    It is, the other person is wrong

    [–]juniorspank 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    It is rhyme, it fits with time.

    [–]Sp1kkle 17 points18 points  (1 child)

    Google says it is rhyme

    [–]mhickey89 6 points7 points  (0 children)


    [–]Tommy84 10 points11 points  (2 children)

    I could draw a line on your head so it looks like a butt.

    [–]newosis 12 points13 points  (4 children)

    Sorry. Coach is dead. :(

    Also one of my favourite actors. Gonna go watch Uncle Buck and have a little cry now.

    [–]LanDannon 5 points6 points  (3 children)

    You wanna hurt me? Go ahead if it makes you feel any better.

    [–]Sence 4 points5 points  (2 children)

    You ever heard of ritual killings?

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      [–]Mikisstuff 21 points22 points  (3 children)

      Came here for the Cool Runnings reference. Was not disappointed.

      [–]JimmiesKerfuffled 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Or how about a massively bespectacled ski jumper?

      [–]Aquilon97 83 points84 points  (4 children)

      Fort McMurray is in northern Alberta, for those of you that don't know. So, pretty damn far north.

      [–]xxpor 4 points5 points  (2 children)

      Have people actually moved back since the fire?

      [–]Aquilon97 6 points7 points  (1 child)

      Yeah everybody moved back a while ago now, it was all cleaned up in a matter of months

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        [–]olive_tree94 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        My personal opinion is that it's not sustainable at all. There are three possible scenarios:

        • the country reforms. It opens up itself for foreign investment, strengthens the position of private entreuprenership making it easier to do business; and ends the national service programme. This would usher in a period of growth as members of the diaspora invest their money in the country.

        • the president, who is currently 71 years old, passes away at some point. Whether that leads to a peaceful transition of power to a successor, or triggers a violent conflict as generals duke it out, remains to be seen. If its the former, then reforms will need to be made or they are not likely to last very long and the latter will end up happening anyway.

        • Eritrea and Ethiopia come to blows again. Both countries are already, allegedly, supporting the counterpart's opposition. Ethiopia, which is on the rise and likely to become a regional power in East Africa, would most likely win any conflict, but it could turn very ugly if other countries get involved. Ethiopia might be backed by the US, while certain Arab countries might intersede and support Eritrea to keep Ethiopia in check.

        Regardless of what happens, the older generation of people are simply tired. Prices are rising, electricity keeps flickering in and out. The belief in the upper leadership has been eroded (even amongst people in the diaspora who used to be super patriotic). People have no appetite for war and conflict either after the 30 year war and the '98-'00 one. The country is also hemorraging its youth - the group of people who might have attempted some kind of revolution.

        [–]drs43821 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        In all fairness, it's impossible to train in their own country due to the climate but it doesn't detract people from moving abroad to pursue their winter sports career. Famously Vanessa-Mae competed for Thailand in Sochi (although disqualified) while trained in the Swiss Alps

        [–]18BPL 25 points26 points  (1 child)

        The IOC requires athletes to be a citizen of the country that they compete for, but there are no residency requirements. I have an Irish passport because my grandfather grew up there, and if I was good enough I could compete for Ireland or the US. Point being, while others have mentioned he hasn’t lived there much, the IOC isn’t making an exception, this is their policy.

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

        No, as mentioned elsewhere in this thread I was born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. I’m incredibly proud to represent my parents home country, the people of Eritrea home and abroad.

        [–]Monco123 125 points126 points  (36 children)

        Shocking that this top comment wasn't answered...

        [–]TheNoveltyAccountant 55 points56 points  (3 children)

        In the other AMA he mentioned from memory that he hasn't lived there but visited twice for a couple of months each time.

        [–]Nonce-Victim 163 points164 points  (30 children)

        It's a little bit embarrassing to say basically 'No, I'm a Canadian who realised I could get into the Olympics on a technicality'

        [–]BrunoPassMan 148 points149 points  (4 children)

        If I could get to the Olympics on a technicality.. sign me the fuck up

        [–]Tullyswimmer 26 points27 points  (3 children)

        Right? If I could get into the olympics on some sort of technicality I would in a heartbeat.

        [–]msiri 40 points41 points  (1 child)

        Just like when the IOC forced Saudi Arabia to allow female competitors. "Without internal infrastructure to promote women in sports, officials were also forced to rely on female athletes who were either foreign or spent significant time training abroad. Attar, for example, grew up in California. Sprinter Cariman Abu Al-Jadail is a student at Boston University, while Judoka Wujud Fahmi trained in the United States and fencer Lubna Al-Omair in Egypt. In other words, all four women representing Saudi Arabia could only amass the skills needed to compete in the Olympics by leaving the country they ostensibly compete for." https://qz.com/752289/even-as-saudi-female-olympians-compete-women-face-discrimination-back-home/

        [–]such-a-mensch 22 points23 points  (16 children)

        I know a guy who will be playing for the Kazakhstan national team because he can't make the Canadian one. He used to play in the NHL so I guess he wouldn't be eligible this time anyways but he played for them last Olympic go round.

        This isn't uncommon. Another guy from Winnipeg was on the Swiss team for a few years.

        [–]IsomDart 5 points6 points  (12 children)

        Why wouldn't he be eligible because he was an NHL player?

        [–]finemustard 22 points23 points  (9 children)

        The NHL isn't allowing any of its players to participate in the games this time around because it's going to cost them lots of money and it interrupts the regular season. Most players seem to be against this decision. Players from other professional leagues will still be playing.

        Edit: I know he used to play, I'm just explaining to people who don't follow hockey why /u/such-a-mensch said he might not be eligible this time.

        [–]IsomDart 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        Okay so it's the NHL's decision, not the IOC

        [–]niceworkthere 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        The regime has plenty of goons abroad ready to fuck you up if you step out of line (incl. not paying the "abroad tax"). If I were him I'd weigh my words as well.

        [–]falsehood 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        I think in another AMA it was said he's been there and visited.

        [–]GodEmperorScorch 191 points192 points  (9 children)

        After you watched the film "Cool Runnings" what was your rating of it between 8.01-10.00?

        [–]VeryMuchDutch101 34 points35 points  (1 child)

        Haha i asked a similar question about "Eddy the Eagle"

        [–]clearwind 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Fun fact, I am in that movie as an extra, yet I have never actually seen that movie.

        [–]aleran13 4 points5 points  (1 child)

        This is amazing!! Cool Runnings is such a fantastic film - my geography teacher used to put it on when he couldn't be bothered to teach (which was a lot!!) Not sure what it has to do with geography...

        [–]AstarteHilzarie 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        It teaches you that Jamaica is a hot place that doesn't get snow, and Canada is a cold place with lots of it.

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

        Ummmm, I'm going to go with a solid 9, I've actually met some of the members of the Jamaican Bobsled team and the actors don't quite do them justice. The actual bobsledders are insanely jacked!

        [–]harshacc 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        Expected this question.wasnt disappointed

        [–]CamoAndCrowns 242 points243 points  (61 children)

        How did you get started in skiing?

        Do you train in your home country and if so how? (Example: are there "fake snow mountain" courses for practice?)

        Bonus fun question: How many & what languages can you speak?

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 521 points522 points  (60 children)

        Unfortunately, I do not train in my home country. It’s only snowed once in Eritrea and the climate can’t really sustain a ski hill. It would be nice in the future if they build a dry slope.

        I speak English and French. I also can understand and speak Tigrinya, but its EXTREMELY rusty.

        [–]Fiat_Panda 139 points140 points  (25 children)

        Kemey aleka

        [–]icecreammachine 129 points130 points  (12 children)

        People just upvoting this without even knowing if it makes sense

        [–]Fiat_Panda 63 points64 points  (10 children)

        It means something like "How are you"

        I've picked up a little Tigrinya when i was working with Eritrean refugees in 2016.

        Wedi adey

        [–]doge_sass 55 points56 points  (8 children)

        Lol I find it really funny and amusing to read my language in Reddit. Sometimes I tend to forget my identity until something like this pops out of nowhere. It also makes me happy interested people learning some phrases.

        [–]Fiat_Panda 14 points15 points  (7 children)

        It was useful in my capacity as a social worker too, since most newcomers don't speak a word of English or Dutch. So when I made appointments with them, I would tell them the day in Tigrinya (sony, solous, rber, hamous, arbi, khadam, sambet). That way they would at least get the day for the appointment right lol.

        [–]doge_sass 11 points12 points  (6 children)

        It goes like sony, solus, rebue, hamus, arbi, kedam, senbet eventhough there is no official way of writing the weird sounds lol.

        Not related to the topic but I am a refugee of 3 years myself in Switzerland and I found out how surprisingly different reasons eritreans have fleeing out if the country. It goes as far as not getting along really well with my own people. The ideology of the regime and the life background we have is really far apart which I was blindsided to when I was back there. My parents and grandparents were soldiers during the Eritrea-Ethiopia war (which was lead by the current dictator). Eventhough it was harsh they were highly educated and a new generation with different mentality grew in only 30 years. After the independence all soldiers faced an almost culture shock when they started a normal life along with the civilians regarding religion, tradition, ideology etc. This also reflected on the my generation (22 years old) and since soldiers were given habitat in certain areas, everyone who lived there was alike.

        My family couldn’t get out of eye of the regime which made our daily lives harder like getting spied on and intervening in the family business. Others get out of the country because of economical and other personal reasons.

        When I came here, I expected eritreans to be more enlightened and open (considering that living under a dictatorship makes you close minded) than me or anybody who is still in Eritrea. Contrary to that, it shocked me how bad the perspective of eritreans in europe from others is and scared me because it is partly true. When I introduce myself, I sadly think twice because around here we have a bad reputation (how we can’t integrate well, we learn language slow, hanging around stations all day doinh nothing). I don’t why am rumbling this much but it feels good to get it out of my chest and maybe it might give you a little perception if you work with eritreans in the future.

        [–]alfdan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        This was very interesting to read. I live in Germany, I hear a lot of different opinions about how people feel with Eritreans coming in. Also gonna show this to my SO. She worked as a mod for an NGO that takes part in status interviews that all migrants (including very many Eritreans) go through in Switzerland.

        [–]Yolocene 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Yes, people are not very understanding or supportive of eritrean people. Not that it would help, but italians used to be harassed as well. Now half of switzerland proudly has italian ancestors or would at least claim, that italian immigration posed no problem.

        [–]pipnwig 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        I dunno... It's got 34 upvotes right now. I could believe 34 people on Reddit know a little Tigrinya.

        [–]Soriphen 8 points9 points  (8 children)

        Man it’s really neat to see my language spoken on reddit by people other than my family lmao.

        [–]Fiat_Panda 7 points8 points  (1 child)

        You should have seen some of the faces when "newcomers" heard me speaking Tigrinya. It was priceless :)

        [–]IsomDart 5 points6 points  (1 child)

        How often does your family post on Reddit in their native language?

        [–]OhMyTruth 4 points5 points  (1 child)

        Rude! I️ can’t believe you would say that!

        [–]Tyrann0saurus_Rex 8 points9 points  (18 children)

        You live in Quebec? Or is the second language of Eritrea French? I just heard now of your country, and I thank you for this. I congratulate you for representing your home country amid some dissensions about that decision, I really do believe you made the right choice. I hope you will bring recognition to your home nation and country.

        [–]BaRKy1911 20 points21 points  (13 children)

        There are two main languages in Eritrea, Tigrinya and Afar. This is aside from Arabic.

        [–]ch2s 100 points101 points  (2 children)

        Heard you have to go to great lengths to speak Afar.

        [–]Slasken 16 points17 points  (0 children)

        There are more than two, Tigre, Arabic, Saho,Bilen +++

        [–]emperorgenghiskhan 150 points151 points  (24 children)

        Where do you practice? And how did you get into skiing?

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 266 points267 points  (23 children)

        My home resort is currently Panorama based in Invermere, BC. During the off season, I train in Calgary at the Winsport facilities and also at Peak Power at SAIT. Occasionally, I will go down to the southern hemisphere in NZ for a month and in the fall before the beginning of our season here, I will travel to Austria to train on a glacier.

        I first got into skiing when I was 3 years old through my sister. Her girl guide group went to the local hill in Fort McMurray (We were living there at the time) and she really enjoyed it! Through her friends that were with the local Fort McMurray club, she managed to convince my parents to sign my brother and I up for some lessons and later into a racing program with the club. I actually hated skiing and wanted to play hockey like all my classmates, but I was forced into the program by my folks. I only started enjoying it more when my dad’s job relocated our family to Calgary and I was exposed to the Rocky Mountains.

        [–]falcoholic92 45 points46 points  (16 children)

        What do your parents do for a living?

        [–]VictarionReaver 69 points70 points  (2 children)

        He was living in Fort mcmurray so something to do with oil.

        [–]Tullyswimmer 14 points15 points  (1 child)

        Or military, but three kids in ski club is oil money, hands down. I'm friends with a guy who had a few very active kids, and he said the most expensive sport any of them did was skiing, and he has a daughter who's playing college hockey as a goalie.

        [–]danawhitesbaldhead 15 points16 points  (5 children)

        What's your best Snatch and clean and Jerk?

        Also shout out to peak power. Great gym.

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 29 points30 points  (4 children)

        Mike Souster’s and his team are some of the best condition coaches I ever worked with! Mike was able to get my fitness and strength level to where it is today and also helped do my rehab program to get back on snow. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t want to work with anyone else.

        Clean and Squat Jerk: 65kg

        Snatch: 35 or 40kg???

        I just started getting into back into weightlifting almost two years ago (After Knee injury) and I’m still working on my numbers. Hopefully, this summer once I’m retired I can push some higher numbers.

        [–]clivehorse 15 points16 points  (2 children)

        this summer once I’m retired

        21 year old


        [–]spiralcall 34 points35 points  (1 child)

        If it makes you feel better, halmost certainly means retired from competitive skiing - pretty sure you don't go to the Olympics and automatically come home set for life!

        [–]clivehorse 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Hee hee, I know that really, but the juxtaposition of the two facts was too much for me!

        [–]jeggah 44 points45 points  (17 children)

        Tabs or spaces?

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 70 points71 points  (12 children)

        Have to go with Tabs considering that I code.

        [–]new_number_one 12 points13 points  (0 children)

        Better stick to skiing then tbh. (I'm joking)

        [–]That_Violinist 64 points65 points  (8 children)

        First of all, congratulations! I wish you the best of luck!

        When did you first become interested in doing this and did you ever think the Olympics was in your future?

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 116 points117 points  (7 children)

        When I first moved to Calgary and my ability started to develop, I began to consider that this may be something that I’d like to pursue in the future. When I was 9 years old, I had really good coach that was able to see my potential and really push me out of my comfort zone. He spent a lot time working with me and convincing me that I could do better. if it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t have continued on this far.

        I had somewhat of an idea that I would be going to the Olympics as a child, but never really considered it fully until I attended the Youth Olympic Games in 2012. I actually wasn’t even sure if I would be going to these games after my knee injury a couple years ago. I remember when I was struggling during my rehab and was about to quit, my mom reminded me of the pictures I drew of myself standing on top of a podium at the Olympics and after I attended a small Junior Olympic event I told everyone that I would be going to Olympics some day. And here I am today.

        [–]That_Violinist 10 points11 points  (6 children)

        That's amazing that you kept on going- look at where you are now! Again, good luck!

        [–]tk993 14 points15 points  (0 children)

        Eritrean Skiing Man just doesn’t have the same ring as Jamaican Bobsled Team.

        On a more serious note, I was under the impression that typically lone athletes or two usually tact themselves into other nations at the olympics. Have costs or something changed or was I just off beat in that understanding?

        [–]mhtbhm 31 points32 points  (31 children)

        Assuming it's not skiing, what are the most popular sports among Eritreans?

        [–]tavtab 58 points59 points  (21 children)

        cycling is a very big deal there. also long distance running. Pretty sure those are the only two sports in which any Eritreans have achieved global recognition.

        [–]raksew 28 points29 points  (0 children)

        This guys born and raised in Canada, I doubt he knows

        [–]unwanted_puppy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Soccer! .. and maybe track, mostly running.

        [–]Asynthope 19 points20 points  (1 child)

        I saw that you mentioned the 2012 Youth Olympic Games. How was your experience competing in Vancouver?

        EDIT: Accidentally said Nanjing--that was 2014 Summer.

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

        I think you meant Innsbruck. Honestly, it was an amazing experience and being able to experience the Olympic culture was nothing short of amazing. I wasn’t mature and very inexperienced in how international events work. I came into the games with a bad mindset and I didn’t perform to the way I wanted to. I learned a lot of good lessons and I’m glad that I went.

        [–]Beru73 26 points27 points  (1 child)

        I saw your FIS biography and it looks like your are better in technical disciplines (GS and SL).

        What event do you plan attending ?

        Who will be the staff around you for this event ? You need all the chances on your side.

        Too bad you started racing in 2011, I quit ski racing in 2009. We could have raced together !

        Good luck, and maybe I will see you in Pyeongchang ( I'd like to see)

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I will be competing in both technical events in Pyeongchang (GS and SL). After my knee injury, speed was out of the question and we switched our focus to those events.

        [–]SheriffLevy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        Do you remember Robin Quivers coming to visit?

        [–]MagicMikeOfiicial 10 points11 points  (1 child)

        Any opinion on the nude swim at southland?

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

        Just googled it!! Had no idea that was happening, but I’d be okay with it 😂😂😂

        [–]Sirmoo44 17 points18 points  (1 child)

        What are you most excited about going there and more importantly who will you hang out with since everyone likely teams up by country?

        [–]selfliberating 16 points17 points  (2 children)

        Man how are you training for the Olympics and making it to class on time?

        I struggle going to my 8 am

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 18 points19 points  (1 child)

        It's a difficult task, but manageable with the right time management. I take a lower course load during the winter and heavier during the spring/summer semester. It helps, but yes I still struggle to sleep and get up sometimes just like you.

        [–]DNNhost 72 points73 points  (27 children)

        How does representing a country work if you were not born or raised in said country?

        It just seems odd to me that you can represent a country on a global stage, when you weren't born/raised, or currently live there.

        [–]MagicMax96 19 points20 points  (7 children)

        His parents are both Eritrean, so I would definitely consider him to be Eritrean as well, even if he wasn’t born and raised there. It might seem odd, but this situation is really pretty unremarkable compared to the type of nationality switching that occasionally goes on at the Olympics. Look up Qatar and their use of East African distance runners, for example. It’s also incredibly common for soccer players who were born and raised in European countries like France or Germany to represent the countries their parents are from, so this situation is hardly unique.

        [–]DNNhost 4 points5 points  (6 children)

        I'm not saying it's uncommon, I'm saying it's very odd to represent a country you have no connection with.

        [–]Ariakkas10 2 points3 points  (2 children)

        it's all about citizenship. He is a Eritrean citizen, he gets to represent them. The IOC doesn't care about residency

        [–]aimee415 26 points27 points  (12 children)

        Congratulations! I have a non-Olympic/Computer Science related question to throw in the mix!

        I made plans to eat at an Eritrean restaurant for the first time. What foods do you recommend anyone try if they’ve never had Eritrean cuisine?

        Wishing you the best of luck and much success!

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        Great question! I’m going to bring my sister and mom into this one.

        My sister likes a Shiro (chickpea curry), Bercin (lentil curry), and the mixed vegetables (Allycha). She's a vegetarian.

        My mom likes Kilua which is a meat sauce with lamb or beef.

        Personally, I enjoy Dulet (tripe and liver)

        Traditionally Eritrean food is eaten with your hands with injera (a type of crepe-like sourdough flatbread). Similar to how you would eat curry with Naan Bread.

        [–]tiptree 2 points3 points  (2 children)

        Not op either, but at my favorite Eritrean restaurant in Sweden I always have tim-timo. It's just lentils, but really good lentils and with injera it's delicious.

        [–]GP3PU3 5 points6 points  (2 children)

        Is the olympic camp as wild as they say?

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        Ahaha, I know a few people that attended previous games, and they told me some things 😏 That's why it's called Tinder city!

        [–]GP3PU3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Omg can't believe that you took the time to respond! thanks!!! Good luck and I hope that you get the results you wish for!!! I am cheering for you from Croatia!!

        [–]snorlz 38 points39 points  (10 children)

        How good are you actually? would you have qualified if you were from canada or something?

        For background on this question, to allow nations to compete, the olympics limits the number of contestants from each country and has also lowered standards for other countries. thats how we got Eric the eel, a swimmer from Equatorial Guinea who could barely swim and had never seen a pool before the games.

        [–]dragonpeace 11 points12 points  (2 children)

        Now come on mate, you can't mention Eric the Eel without showing this video! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ7uWpn4DTs

        Edit oops sorry I meant to reply to u/snorlz

        [–]BingoTheDingo 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        Those announcers were awesome about it

        [–]acrostyphe 30 points31 points  (0 children)

        He is from Canada.

        [–]raksew 41 points42 points  (0 children)

        He is from canada, didn't qualify, now representing Eritrea (wasn't born nor raised there)

        [–]MagicMax96 2 points3 points  (4 children)

        There is a so-called minimum performance standard, which means that random people from countries without Winter Olympic hopes can’t just compete if they aren’t already really good. This article sums it up pretty nicely.

        Relevant quote from the article:

        “The rule that would usually close off the field to all but the top competitors is known colloquially as the "Eddie 'The Eagle' Rule," named after the beloved, but clumsy skier who competed in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics as he was the only U.K. ski jumper who applied. Abeda is no slouch (sorry Eddie) — he still had to obtain the minimum ranking to meet the Olympic standard — but the quota allows Eritrea's National Olympic Committee to make their Winter Olympic debut.”

        His coach apparently also thinks he has a shot at making a final (not sure in what event, but I believe somebody commented that Abeda competes primarily in the slalom and giant slalom, though I could be wrong), so it seems like he should certainly be competitive.

        [–]thatguyfromvienna 5 points6 points  (1 child)

        Being Eritrean but Canadian citizen, do you speak Tigrinya?
        Also, do you follow Pierre de Coubertin's motto that participating is all that matters or do you have any hopes for a certain result?
        Best of luck to you!

        [–]aldsar 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        Have you ever met Meb? He's anther Eritrean Olympian, albeit summer Olympics and he represented the U.S.

        [–]KurtisC1993 6 points7 points  (7 children)

        I was going to ask how Isaias Afwerki could allow somebody to access the internet in Eritrea, as well as how someone could even find - let alone afford - a computer over there. But seeing as you're in Fort Mac (I think), I guess I'll settle for something else.

        You mentioned elsewhere that you'd visited Eritrea twice, for two months each time. How would you describe your experience there?

        [–]NateThuhGreat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Internet is slow and there are virtually no personal/private internet nor are there any ISPs different than the government.

        [–]klevenisms204 3 points4 points  (2 children)

        Your ig says 'burger fiend'. I'll be in Calgary in late may. Where is the best burger?

        [–]cuntalophagus 2 points3 points  (2 children)

        How low did you need to get your FIS points to qualify? Which disciplines are you skiing? Do you need any equipment, skis, waxes, guards, anything of the sort? I tore my ACL recently, it looks like my Olympic bid is officially over (at least until 2022) so I won't be needing it but that doesnt mean I can't help a buddy out!

        [–]agenthondo 52 points53 points  (19 children)

        How do you feel about Eritrea's severe civil and human rights violations? How do you feel about Eritrea's biggest source of income being their citizens working menial jobs abroad?

        I've worked with several Eritreans. I know what's going on. I respect your patriotism for your country, but I cannot support what's going on there.

        [–]CompSci1 64 points65 points  (17 children)

        its not his country. He's canadian and he's representing a nation that has some of the worst human rights violations ever, because he did not qualify for the canadian team. Pretty fucked if you as me.

        [–]14X8000m 9 points10 points  (1 child)

        I don't know, just because your home country is fucked doesn't mean you can't represent it. If that was the case not a lot of people would show up. No one has ever represented before and it's probably good for the games.

        [–]EA705 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        I think everyone’s problem with this is that it’s not his home country and he’s coming off somewhat misleading. He’s Canadian and wasn’t able to make the national team.

        [–]agenthondo 13 points14 points  (1 child)

        Like I said, I've known a few Eritreans here in the U.S. and they are really cool people. And I totally respect their loyalty to their home country. But it still makes me uncomfortable.

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        [–]Twoafros 7 points8 points  (1 child)

        Before I get to the question I just wanted to say keep doing what you are doing and I hope you dominate in the Olympics! Much love from Ethiopia!

        Here's the question: Do you have any good luck routines or rituals you do before a competition?

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

        Nothing that come to mind unfortunately! I have in the past, but every race day is different. For pre-race, I usually do my warmup (Leg swings, core exercises, etc.) and plug in some music.

        [–]garrypig 4 points5 points  (1 child)

        How does it feel to be only 3 years younger than your country?

        [–]NeutralSabrina 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        What's the worst injury that you've gotten?

        [–]cantkeeptrackanymore 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        No questions but I have the same Coffee sign at my house as is in your proof picture! Congratulations and good luck!

        [–]jenskiguide 2 points3 points  (8 children)

        Have you been to scope out Pyeongchang yet?

        If not, the moement you're allowed to eat junk food again, get to a chicken and beer place. Korea has mastered late night junk food.

        [–]MFDef 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        Dose competing stop you from enjoying Injera and Zigni?

        [–]ERIALPINE96[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Absolutely not! My Mom makes the best injera and dulet!

        [–]quantumgoose 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        I have definitely seen you at a couple races out west during the past few years. Glad you made it all the way there! What disciplines will you be competing in? Also what are the FIS points requirements to take part in the Olympics?

        [–]kensal78 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I did some research on Eritrea in the 90's. While that's not unique, it's given me a personal appreciation for the country. While this isn't directly related to the Olympic games (CONGRATZ!!) What would you say to people who were thinking of visiting your country as a tourist?

        [–]Pennsylvania6-5000 6 points7 points  (1 child)

        Congratulations, and I hope you inspire many to follow in your footsteps. My question is what is your favorite Eritrean food?

        (I love Eritrean food and introducing friends to it.)

        [–]MohamedsPubes 6 points7 points  (8 children)

        Will the Olympics be broadcasted back home in Eritrea? With the freedom of the press being one of the lowest in the world.

        [–]ochc98 19 points20 points  (13 children)

        Do you intend to use your status as an Olympian to educate more people on the incredibly horrendous quality of life and widespread poverty in Eritrea?

        [–]dandaman0345 14 points15 points  (12 children)

        Idk if he’d be allowed to represent them if he were to do that. The government there is insanely corrupt. It’s often compared to North Korea.

        [–]I-am-redditor 45 points46 points  (19 children)

        Have you ever actually been to Eritrea? How much time of life have you spent there? Your bio sounds like you are just some Canadian guy ranked a dismal 1.500 in the world using his parents passport to still somehow get to the Olympics and score some publicity along the way. Is that so?

        Thanks for doing the AMA to help me clear up those questions.