Feb. 16, 2018
Charles Flaherty, a 17-year-old alpine skier, has broken Puerto Rico's long Winter Olympic dry spell. He held the country's flag during 2018's Opening Ceremony.
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The island nation hasn't participated in the Winter Olympics since 1998.
While Flaherty is from Ohio, he and his family have lived on the island since 2010, fulfilling one of the criteria for representing the nation.
Puerto Rico has had some tough times with the Winter Games. In 2002, it deemed a bobsled athlete ineligible to represent the territory.
Since then, Puerto Rico's Olympic committee has been stringent about allowing athletes to represent them — though many have tried.
Flaherty has been skiing professionally for four years; at the Winter Games, he will compete in the giant slalom event.