Togo's Olympian aims to inspire

Updated: February 13, 2014, 1:35 PM ET
Associated Press

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Togo's first competitor at the Winter Olympics, cross-country skier Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean, hopes her debut in Sochi will inspire other African athletes to compete in winter sports.

Petitjean crossed the line in the women's 10-kilometer classical race Thursday in 68th place, nearly 10 minutes behind winner Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland.

"I think all the people in all (African) countries are happy for me," said Petitjean, who turns 20 next Wednesday. "It's ...

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