By Brendan Maloy
January 29, 2014

(Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The internet has already caught on to Mexico's lone Winter Olympic entrant, the eccentric, 55-year-old, royal pop-star, Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe, but 17 other countries are also sending a single competitor to Sochi next month.

Mental Floss has a fantastic full-breakdown of each of the competitors, which are largely from warm weather countries, but also includes an entrant from mountainous Nepal, as well as Timor-Leste, which boasts a population of 1.2 million people. Tonga's entrant even legally changed his name to that of a German underwear company so they would help fund his luge training.

Here's a breakdown of the 18 single-athlete countries:

Cayman Islands: Dow Travers (Slalom/Giant Slalom)

Malta: Elise Pellegrin (Slalom/Giant Slalom)

Philippines: Michael Christian Martinez (Figure Skating)

Bermuda: Tucker Murphy (Cross Country Skiing)

British Virgin Islands: (Freestyle Skiing Half-Pipe)

Luxembourg: Kari Peters (Cross Country Skiing)

Hong Kong: Pan-To Barton Lui (Short Track Speed Skating)

Tonga: Bruno Banani (Luge)

Kyrgyzstan: Dmitry Televsky (Slalom/Giant Slalom/Super G)

Mexico: Hubertus Von Hohenlohe (Slalom)

Nepal: Dachhiri Sherpa (Cross Country Skiing)

Pakistan: Muhammad Karim (Slalom/Giant Slalom)

Paraguay: Julia Marino (Slopestyle Skiing)

Venezuela: Antonio Jose Pardo Andretta (Giant Slalom)

Tajikstan: Andrei Drygin (Downhill/Giant Slalom/Super G)

Timor-Leste: Yohan Goutt Goncalves (Slalom)

Virgin Islands: Jasmine Campbell (Slalom/Giant Slalom)

Zimbabwe: Luke Steyn (Slalom/Giant Slalom)

As you would imagine, a lot of these entrants are making use of dual citizenship, as it is probably not very easy to get a lot of Giant Slalom runs done in Zimbabwe.


Mental Floss

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