I'm writing an original story about figure skating.
Problem: I have no idea what country to use for my main character.
I need a country that:
Does not take part in the Winter Olympics
English-speaking (it's part of my plot)
Is probably very cold and/or has many ice skating rinks
My country does not meet these criteria so how do I write about another country (if I can find it) and how do I ensure that the things I write remain fictitious in a non-fictitious setting?
I'm trying not to write about a country that already has Olympics because I do not want my character to seem like she is better than the current athletes from that country and the readers to say "Aren't our current athletes good enough?" and such. But if I do write about a country that already has Olympic athletes, how do I write it such that it still remains fictitious but the current athletes are recognised as strong athletes without offending anyone?