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Philip Boit and his compatriot Henry Bitok were trained in Finland in order to become competitive skiers. Both were former middle distance runners with no previous skiing experience. Their project was sponsored by sportswear giant Nike. Their winter training began in February 1996. Kenya had only one slot for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, which was taken by Philip Boit, while Henry Bitok finished his skiing career soon afterwards. Boit's participation in the games gained worldwide media coverage. He finished 92nd and last in the 10-kilometer classic race. The awards for the race were delayed while the winner Bjørn Dæhlie waited for Boit to reach the finish line in order to hug him. The experience was so moving for Boit that he named one of his first son Dæhlie Boit.
Later, Boit participated the 1999 Nordic skiing World Championships in Ramsau, Austria, and finished again last in the 10km classic event. After the event Nike dropped its sponsorship, hence he had to settle for "dry training" in Kenya for over two years.
In the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City Boit finished 64th in the sprint race, leaving three competitors behind him. After the Salt Lake City Olympics Boit left competitive skiing again, but came back to participate in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin where he finished 92nd in the 15km Classic, ahead of 5 fellow competitors. Boit said in a 2006 interview that he was planning to retire after 2010 Winter Olympics to be held in Vancouver.
Boit planned to retire after the 2010 Winter Olympics. However, he didn't meet the requirements needed to start in Olympic Games. He missed the limit by 2 FIS points, therefore he didn't compete in Olympic Games. His attempts to qualify for the Olympics were hampered by illness. After missing the Olympics, Boit decided to continue his career by a year and retire after the 2011 World Championships to be held in Oslo, Norway. Boit finished 42nd in the qualification, and did not qualify for the 15 kilometre classical.
After graduating from Samwayi Secondary School, he was recruited to General Service Unit in 1992, where was able to enhance his athletics career. As an athlete, he was a bit behind top Kenyan runners. His 800 metres personal best is 1:46.06.