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King Felipe and Queen Letizia receive Spanish Olympians

Yesterday at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Their Majesties King Felipe and Queen Letizia held an audience with the Spanish Olympians who competed in this year’s Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Members of the Spanish Olympic Team who made the visit to Zarzuela included the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco Bravo and team members: Marti Vigo del Arco, Regino Hernández Martin (who won bronze in snowboarding), Lucas Eguibar Breton, Laro Herrero Echavarri, Javier Fernández (bronze medal winner in figure skating), Felipe Montoya, Sara Hurtado Martín, Kirill Khalyavin and Ander Mirambell Viñas.

Their Majesties greet Regino Hernández Martin. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Those in charge of the Spanish Olympic Team included the Spanish Olympic Committee, the Spanish Federation of Ice Sports and the Royal Spanish Winter Sports Federation.

The Spanish athletes competed in the following events:

Alpine Skiing: Juan del Campo and Joaquín Salarich

Figure Skating: Javier Fernández, Felipe Montoya, Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin

Nordic Skiing: Imanol Rojo and Martí Vigo

Skeleton: Ander Mirambell

Snowboarding: Queralt Castellet (halfpipe) and Lucas Eguibar, Laro Herrero and Regino Hernández (Cross)

© Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe and Queen Letizia were also presented with a signed Team Spain shirt – a gift from the Spanish Olympic Team. The team was sponsored by Joma Sport, whose facilities were, coincidentally, visited by Their Majesties a few months ago.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Spanish Royal Family is no stranger to the Olympic Games as several members of the family have participated in the Games over the years. King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofía, Infanta Cristina (and her husband Iñaki Urdangarin) and King Felipe all have competed in the Summer Olympic Games. All competed in sailing except for Urdangarin who was a handball player.

Additionally, King Juan Carlos’s sister, Infanta Pilar, did not compete in any Olympic Games but participated on the administrative side as a member of the International Olympic Committee from 1996 to 2006.

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