Formidable Formosan? Taiwan's only athlete at the 2006 Turin and 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 24-year-old luger Chih-Hung Ma has been described as a prodigy by his European coaches. Ma's skill is even more impressive considering that his hometown of Pingtung never approaches freezing temperatures. Taiwan doesn't seem the most likely country for an Olympic luger, but China's successful efforts to have Taiwan banned from many more popular sporting events encouraged the island to think outside the box. Chinese pressure has also led to Taiwan competing under the country name of Chinese Taipei in many international competitions. Above, Ma trains for the 2006 Olympics in Cesana Pariol, Italy, on Feb. 9, 2006.
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