Venezuela’s Lone Winter Olympian Has More Than One Great Reason to Dance

Anyone watching the procession of nations during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics had to be struck by Venezuela’s lone athlete, alpine skier Antonio Pardo, who enthusiastically danced his way around the stadium

Turns out Pardo has plenty of reasons to dance. 

The 43-year-old Caracas native began skiing recreationally in 1988 in St. Mortiz, Switzerland, and only began racing in 2011. He began participating in official races after becoming unemployed. (He was formerly a banker.) 

But that’s not the most amazing bit of Pardo’s life story: At just eight years old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given only three months to live. 

Pardo underwent surgery that saved his life but left him paralyzed on the left side of his body. He had to relearn how to walk, and eventually made a full recovery. 

Pardo, whose sports philosophy is “do it because you love it,” is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. And perhaps most predictably, he is also the president of the Venezuelan Ski Federation. 

But most importantly, he’s an amazing dancer. 



2014’s greatest meteor shower

“Since the Geminids were first discovered, they’ve been intensifying annually. In recent years, the Geminids have been producing over 100 meteors per hour, and this year they’re expected to peak Saturday night, with rates somewhere between 120 and 160 meteors per hour! The only people who’ll have a better view than we do if we have clear skies are the astronauts on board the ISS!”

With everything you need, except a weather dominator. 

Dear Ski Jumping Family!

Dear young and not that young Ladies!

Dear enthusiasts of a new way of watching and enjoying ski jumping competitions!

Me and my beloved friend @shape-of-a-potato ​ have some precious and superb news. The new created Golden Pancake Association is looking for new honorable and noble members. Me and my dear friend and partner in crime are going to spread the love to Pancakes and Cheekbones into Tumblr. We need You girls. Association is nothing without members who enjoy it with us. Enjoy, but what, someone could ask?

According to this post: (2 links, the same post, idk which is more sutable for read to U):



there is all you need to know. But to present it much more deeper and better we would cut it and tell you the crazy story that happened one day on Tumblr:


Well, I could tell you about my current and past ski jumping crushes, heros, role-models for hours. But to be honest and short, 3 teams has always mattered, ofc Polish, Austrian and Norway, nothing original I must admit. One of my heros was probably Morgernstern. And after he ended his career, even I had kind of a break from watching ski jumping, like I didn’t watch every competition in the past season etc.

[The lights went out, show must go on, @shape-of-a-potato ​ is taking the floor]:

You know, I’ve always been a Peter Prevc fan. Firstly, because he is Slovenian, our eagle, then because he is so damn good and after all, because he has a great personality, he is kind and modest and I remember one of his very different interviews, different than the usual ones. And he told the guy, that he always thinks about the question and tries to give a good, well thought answer, not just blurting out something. That just stuck in my head. Yes, I’ve always been a Peter Prevc fan.

We both had such situation when we came back to the fandom after a break and we realized that something happened. The Norwegians happened.

@shape-of-a-potato ​:

I started following different ski jumping blogs and I’ve discovered that 3265% posts are about the Norweigan team. Okay, not so many percents, but still. Team Norway is winning Tumblr. So the more I’ve seen of Kenneth Gangnes, the more I have slowly started to like him. Damn Norweigans! And I had trouble dealing with that fact, good Lord or Odin or whatever, he’s not even my type!

@be-my-jude ​:

The only guy that I remembered from previous years was Fannemel, but Little Fairy is another story, not to tell today. When I started to discover this new-old Tumblr, I’ve discovered Kenny the Hero as well. He wasn’t as young as Tandex, Forfang etc but I didn’t remember him at all! And I do remember Norwegians. I’ve started to search the Net and I found out that he had few bad injuries, he couldn’t jump, that he spent all of his money to come back to this sport. I was reading and couldn’t believe it, the New Hero appeared. The difficult past, the amazing look, breathtaking cheekbones and gorgeous smile. Do I need more?

And then came this post, when we met. I mean I knew this creature before because of her Valentine’s cards (which are amazing, if you don’t know what am I talking about let’s check it better on the profile of this girl, xoxo, I’m talking about U @shape-of-a-potato ​) but this super long and crazy post has connected us.


Well, her first exact words were: »but tell me how is it even possible not to like Kenny the Hero?« and I tried to explain, but then she kindly told me that once you discover that an average pancake isn’t just an average pancake to you anymore, there’s no way back. After long talks and posts, we’ve discovered that this particular pancake, Kenneth Gangnes, is so special, one of a kind, that he became the Golden Pancake. And that’s how we decided to create a very special, the Golden Pancake Association.

We are the co-founders and dirty-minded partners in crime. We’ve also come up with a few rules how to become a member for all the fellow fangirls, who appreciate this Golden Pancake of ours. Not that he is only the Golden Pancake, his other nickname is Cheekbones. So if you have the same obsession problems and you’re dirty minded and you’d like to become a member, you have to follow these rules:

  1. Sharing is caring. (we are all sharing Kenneth Gangnes)
  2. Sharing is eating. (unfortunately, we can’t really eat him, but we eat pancakes)
  3. »Drop it like it’s hot« cannot be used here, because never, ever, you drop a pancake.
  4. To honour the Golden Pancake eat your homemade pancakes in front of TV or computer during weekly celebration of the cheekbones.
  5. Drinks that are allowed during the competitions: coffee, hot chocolate, tea, mulled wine, etc…alcohol only when celebrating! and NO COLD drinks
  6. Sweets. Eat as many sweets as you want and can.
  7. Be dressed comfy. Either you’re in pajamas or naked, it doesn’t matter. Unless you’re watching it with your family.
  8. If you ever post anything about Kenneth Gangnes a.k.a. the Golden Pancake a.k.a. Cheekbones, ALWAYS use these hashtags - #golden pancake, #Golden Pancake Association, #cheekbones.
  9. @prevctrinity rules:  When kenny is jumping turn the volume on your tv right up (not all the way but u get what i mean - we don’t want neighbors to riot or your parents to become deaf). You have to mentally become a superhero when kenny is jumping as well (y’know do the superman fist thingy).
  10. @aliniiii rule: Like and share all posts of  and about this golden Pancake, so all the members of this association always get the actual news and pictures to share it even more (using the above mentioned hashtags for sure).
  11. Make a new rule!

And each girl gets this special golden card as a sign of our Association [prepared specially for U by the amazing @shape-of-a-potato ​]:

This is it, the new noble Association who needs YOU. We offer our help in sharing, eating and other stuff, we make fun and jokes, text in mysterious way. If our sense of humour doesn’t go with you, better leave it just like that and be happy that you’re not so fucked up like we are. But if you were laughing or smiling during reading this shit, I think we need Ya here. So come on, add a new rule, use your imagination and join the Association. First come, first served. For first top rules and applies we have reserved some roles in our Association. Don’t make us wait, You dirty-minded creature. Pancakes are all you need in your life, Cheekbones for president! Pancakes gonna pan and fairies gonna fair!

Technical stuff:

{This post contains a lot of auto-irony and is also a kind of joke. Real joke. We have created it for fun and we want to make this shit happen. We don’t want to insult anyone but if you feel insulted… meh Idk what are u doing even on Tumblr. Me and @shape-of-a-potato ​  are real partners in crime. Be prepared to see much lulz stuff in the next few weeks. This cooperation won’t end. Never. And the Association is going to be developed by us, it’s even supposed to go into other social media if it works. See you here or there.}

The noble co-funders of the new Association:



PS: As I said, all the graphics belong to amazing @shape-of-a-potato