Jan Rossiter, whose grandmother Margaret Rossiter writes a weekly column for The Nationalist, competed in the men’s 15k cross country ski race at the Winter Olympics in Sochi today.
Canadian-based Rossiter, competing for Ireland, finished in 82nd position in the gruelling event in 48.44.6, well behind the gold medal winner, Dario Cologna of Switzerland.
Jan is a regular visitor to Clonmel to visit his grandparents Margaret and John at their Powerstown Road home.
His father John is Margaret and John’s son while his love of skiing came from his Czech-born mother Hana Kubatova that the skiing genes come from.
A native of the Czech Republic, she was a competitive skier herself.
Jan, who was born in Cork, was introduced to the sport when very young by his mother.
The family now live in Kingston, Ontario in Canada.
Jan has been a member of the McGill University skiing team in Montreal and has won many competitions both in the United States and Canada.