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Namibia at the Olympics

The southern African country of Namibia became independent of South Africa on March 21, 1990. Two years later Namibia first competed at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. The Namibian delegation consisted of six athletes who represented the country in ten events within three sports.

The preparation for the Barcelona Games was quite useful for one of the athletes in the debut team. Frankie Fredericks, who competed for Namibia in the 100 and 200 meter sprints and took the silver in both events making him the country's first-ever Olympic multi-medalist and including Namibia in the few countries that won an Olympic medal in their debut.

In 1996, Namibia sent eight athletes to Atlanta, Georgia, USA to represent them in ten events in four sports. Frankie Fredericks, Jörg Lindemeier and Monica Dahl, all members of the Namibian Olympic debut team, returned and competed again in their respective events and like a replay of the previous Summer Games, Fredericks again took the silver for both 100 and 200 meter sprints. Fredericks' four silver medals are yet to be equaled by any other Namibian Olympian.

Namibia, like most of her African neighbors, has never been seen in the Winter Olympics.


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