Unlikely Winter Athletes Star in New Olympic Channel Original Series “Far From Home” presented by Bridgestone  


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MADRID – As the world turns its eyes toward the upcoming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Olympic Channel’s new documentary series Far From Home presented by Bridgestone brings you the inspiring stories behind the most unlikely winter Olympic athletes who face financial, personal and cultural hurdles as they attempt to qualify for PyeongChang 2018. The six-episode, multi-part series debuts Monday, 5 February on the Olympic Channel global digital platform which is available worldwide at olympicchannel.com and on its mobile apps.

Filmed over eight months in 12 countries, including some not known for winter sports, Far From Home was produced exclusively for the Olympic Channel by Boardwalk Pictures, the award-winning team behind “Chef’s Table,” WZRD Media and Madica Productions.

From the Caribbean to the Himalayas and South America to the Middle East, these athletes share the dream of walking into PyeongChang’s Olympic Stadium and showing the world that circumstances do not define their potential.

Each episode follows the incredible journey of an athlete who must balance their personal lives with gruelling training regimes and competitions, including figure skater Julian Yee, 20, who will represent Malaysia at their first-ever Olympic Winter Games.

“Every athlete dreams of going to the Olympics, but coming from a tropical country into winter sports, I didn’t even think I would make it,” said Yee who trains inside of a busy shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. “Knowing that you, as one person, are able to bring a country together is a great feeling.”

The series also features Shiva Keshavan, 36, who is heading to his sixth Olympic Winter Games, and is the first Indian athlete to compete in luge at the Games.

“I chose sport not because it was a career, I chose it because I wanted to make a difference,” said Keshavan, who trains on winding mountain highways in the Himalayas and must find ways to support his wife and daughter while pursuing his Olympic dream. “No matter what the adversity is, never give up.”

Far From Home also features the inspiring journeys of women’s ice hockey player Sojung Shin from the 2018 host country, Republic of Korea, alpine skier Forough Abbasi from Iran, cross country skier Victor Santos from Brazil, and the first women’s bobsleigh team of Carrie Russell and Jazmine Fenlator from Jamaica as they train, prepare and qualify for PyeongChang 2018.

Far From Home highlights the incredible efforts and sacrifices that athletes are willing to make to achieve their dream of competing in an Olympic Winter Games,” said Mark Parkman, General Manager of the IOC’s global Olympic Channel. “No matter what country you’re from, the passionate stories behind these unlikely winter heroes who are bringing their PyeongChang experiences closer to their home countries, are sure to relate to all audiences.”

The Olympic Channel is a ground-breaking global platform where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.

Olympic Channel Episode Guide: Far From Home 

Episode 1 – Far From Home: Julian Yee – Malaysia

Malaysia’s first figure skating Olympian Julian Yee wants sport, and his presence in PyeongChang, to be a unifying force for his country.

Episode 2 – Far From Home: Shiva Keshavan – India

One in a billion, Shiva Keshavan feels a responsibility to chase an unlikely sixth Olympic Winter Games appearance in luge.

Episode 3 – Far From Home: Sojung Shin – Republic of Korea

Goalie Sojung Shin sacrificed for this ultimate Olympic feat – playing in a ‘home’ Games as part of the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team.

Episode 4 – Far From Home: Jazmine Fenlator and Carrie Russell – Jamaica

Jazmine Fenlator and Carrie Russell: ‘We are from a tropical island. We do bobsleigh; nothing is impossible.’

Episode 5 – Far From Home: Forough Abbasi – Iran

How a father’s support and belief helped downhill skier Forough Abbasi find her way to PyeongChang.

Episode 6 – Far From Home: Victor Santos – Brazil

Victor Santos decided to bypass Brazil´s football obsession to pursue a Winter Olympic dream as a cross-country skier.

The Olympic Channel is a global media destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.

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