For the first time in 24 years, FC Barcelona has representation at the Winter Olympics. Ice dancers Adrián Díaz and Olivia Smart will be appearing at the event which begins on Friday 4 February in Beijing.
FC Barcelona was first represented at the Winter Olympics in 1980, when figure skater Glòria Mas, Spanish champion for five years in a row (1975-1975), travelled to Lake Placid and ended up in 21st place.
14 years later, Marta Andrade was our second athlete to attend, going to Lillehammer 1994 and Nagano 1998, again in figure skating. In Norway, she remembers how she met Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. “I shared training sessions and dressing rooms with the two skaters that featured in a movie” she says. “I was so nervous before I went out to compete. I had to get ready and made up in the bus because I was going to get there late because we got stuck in traffic on the way.”
She finished 20th in her first appearance and 22nd the second time in 1998, impressive results considering she was an amateur. But it would be 24 years before FC Barcelona would send someone else to the event.
Adrián Díaz and Olivia Smart are the pair of ice dancers that all blaugrana eyes will be on in Beijing when they enter the rink at the Capital Indoor Stadium.
The Ice Dance competition features two rounds, rhythm dance and free dance, and the dates for your diaries are as follows.