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Mexico's Olympic team has north-of-the-border flavor

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Robert Franco was born and raised in Northern California, the son of a Mexican father and Caucasian mother. He looks white, and has forgotten much of the Spanish he spoke as a child.

But he does recall numerous trips to Jalisco and Guanajuato, the reunions with his tios and primos - uncles and cousins - in Puerto Vallarta. He played soccer. And Mexican food was always on the dining table of his family's home.

"I'm American and I'm Mexican," Franco concluded. "I'm both."

A freestyle skier who will compete in slopestyle on Sunday, he has finished as high as sixth at the world championships. With dual citizenship, he had

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