This Olympian stays golden in heart, if not medals.
Nepalese cross-country skier Dachhiri Sherpa tells Agence France-Presse he harbors no illusions of coming anywhere close to the medal podium come Sochi.
In fact, "I think there is a very big chance I will finish last," he said.
Born at the foot of Mount Everest and raised in a local monastery, Sherpa took up skiing at the ripe age of 33. He’s competed in the 15km event in both the 2006 Torino and 2010 Vancouver Olympics where he finished 92nd and 94th, respectively.
There’s no expectation Sherpa will improve upon those results at the upcoming Games.
"But the placing is not important if I can teach young people in Nepal about the Olympic spirit," Sherpa said. "This spirit is in my heart."
Though while the spirit may be willing, the 44-year-old Sherpa tells AFP Sochi will be his last Olympics.
"I need to find the next young talent. The problem is that most people in Nepal can’t watch international TV, so very few people will see the race," he said.
Not to mention: "There is no place to ski in Nepal."