Kenya at the Winter Olympics

Kenya as taken part in four editions of the Winter Games (1998, 2002, 2006 and 2018). From 1998 until 2006, their sole representative was cross-country skier Philip Boit. Boit, a former middle distance runner with no previous skiing experience, was trained in Finland in a sponsorship and marketing deal by Nike.

In his first Olympic appearance, Boit stole the limelight at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics Games. Norwegian legendary skier Bjorn Daehlie, who already won the gold medal, waited for Boit at the finish line in order to hug him. Boit managed to finish last in the race amid tough conditions.

In 2018, the Kenyan team consisted of one female alpine skier, Sabrina Simader, the first woman to compete for the country at the Winter Olympics. Simader was born in Kenya, though moved to Austria when she was three years old.

Kenya is prominent for its middle- and long-distance runners at the Summer Olympic Games. The nation has already won over 100 medals, however it is still seeking to win its first ever medal at the Winter Games.


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