Solano trained for the competition on wheels back home in Venezuela. He tried to acclimate to skiing on snow a month before the competition, but authorities in France prevented him from reaching Scandinavia, where he was supposed to train.
"I told them that we train on wheels,” he told AFP. “I only had 28 euros with me and the police accused me of trying to immigrate because things were going badly in my country...I missed a month of practice on the snow. But I am still trying because this is my dream."
While he didn’t finish the race -- he unsurprisingly placed 156th out of 156 competitors -- Solano won a gold medal in the Meme Olympics. He definitely deserves a shot next year.