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Atkinson, who shares his role as head of the snow sports association with his day job as a high school headmaster, added that Zimbabwe’s competitive sporting spirit - displayed by golfers like Nick Price and two-time Olympic swimming champion Kirsty Coventry - was pivotal in helping create its first Winter Olympics qualifier.

The lack of snow didn’t matter.

“(Steyn) has had a lot of people wondering how we can produce a world-class skier,” Atkinson said. “Zimbabwe tends to breed a competitive spirit. But it’s not just about winning at all costs. It’s a healthy enthusiasm for all sport.”