South Africa at the Winter Olympic Games

South Africa appeared at the Winter Olympic Games for the first time in Squaw Valley, United States in 1960 and has participated at the prestigious event from then on except in 1964 to 1992 and 2014.

When the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1761 took effect in 1962 due to South Africa's apartheid, the nation was not allowed to join the Winter Games for nearly three decades.

When apartheid lost its steam in South America, the nation regained its old status in the Olympic organization and was allowed to send athletes to the Olympics.

South Africa which serves as a haven for a couple of landlocked African nations, Swaziland and Lesotho, have already netted over 80 medals at the Summer Olympics, but it is still waiting to capture its first medal at the Winter Games.



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