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Pakistan at the 2018 Winter Olympics

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Pakistan at the
2018 Winter Olympics
Flag of Pakistan.svg
NOCPakistan Olympic Association
in Pyeongchang, South Korea
February 9–25, 2018
Competitors2 in 2 sports
Flag bearer (opening)Muhammad Karim
Flag bearer (closing)Muhammad Karim
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

Pakistan sent a delegation to contest at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from February 9 to 25, 2018. This was Pakistan's third appearance at a Winter Olympic Games. The Pakistani delegation consisted of two athletes: alpine skier Muhammad Karim and cross-country skier Syed Human. As of the close of these Olympics, Pakistan has yet to win a Winter Olympics medal.


The first ski resort in Pakistan was opened in 1958, in the Naltar Valley. It was originally for air force pilots to train, but later opened up to civilians. The Ski Federation of Pakistan was founded in 1990.[1] The 2010 Olympic Games was Pakistan's debut at the Winter Olympics. They first participated at the Summer Olympics in the 1948 Games, and won their first Summer Olympics medal in 1956.[2][3] Karim was chosen as the flag bearer for the parade of nations during the opening ceremony, and the closing ceremony.[4][5]

Alpine skiing[edit]

Pakistan qualified one male athlete for alpine skiing, Muhammad Karim.[6] This was Karim's second Winter Olympics, his first was the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. He said he was not able to train much in Pakistan due to a lack of snow.[7] In the giant slalom, he finished the first run in 1:27.53 and the second in 1:26.51, for a total time of 2:54.04. He placed 72nd overall, out of 119 competitors (34 athletes did not finish).[8]

Karim also competed in the slalom event, the first Pakistani to do so at the Olympics.[8] During the race, Karim's skis passed on the wrong side of a gate and he was disqualified from the event. After the race he said, "It's so embarrassing for me. I'm so sad about that. Such bad luck."[9]

Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Muhammad Karim Men's giant slalom 1:27.53 82 1:26.51 72 2:54.04 72
Men's slalom DNF

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Pakistan qualified one male cross-country skier, Syed Human.[10] This marked the country's debut in the sport at the Winter Olympics.[11] Human is Kirim's nephew. He gave him advice on training and staying calm during the international competition.[1]

Human is in the Pakistani army in addition to his participation on the national skiing team. The Ski Federation of Pakistan founded a school in his village, the same place Kirim is from. He began training internationally around 2010 and 2011.[1] For these Olympics, Human spent time training in Turkey and Finland, and also traveled to Korea prior to the event.[7] He competed in the men's 15 km freestyle cross-country race.[1] Human finished with a time of 45:19.1, placing 108th in the competition.[12]


Athlete Event Final
Time Deficit Rank
Syed Human Men's 15 km freestyle 45:19.1 +11:35.2 108

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Ali, Sana (February 15, 2018). "Remote Pakistan Village Produces 2 Olympic Hopefuls". VOA. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Pakistan at the Olympics". Sports Reference. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "Pakistan at the Olympic Games - All Key Facts, Winter Olympics 2018, PyeongChang". Olympic. February 12, 2018. Retrieved July 8, 2018 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Closing Ceremony Flagbearers – Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang 2018" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Archived (PDF) from the original on April 19, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Opening Ceremony Flagbearers – Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang 2018" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 28, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Karim wants to qualify in giant slalom also". The News International. Karachi, Pakistan. November 8, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Winter Olympics: Karim, Human leave for Korea". The News International. February 6, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Raheel, Natasha (February 18, 2018). "Winter Games: Pakistan skiers unable to inspire". The Express Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Trevelyan, Mark (February 22, 2018). "Minnows keep hoping for that 'magical day'". Reuters. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Cross-country Skiing Quota List for Olympic Games 2018". International Ski Federation (FIS). December 12, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "Pakistan to send first athlete for cross-country event". Daily Times. Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. January 25, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Men's 15km Free Results" (PDF). Olympic. February 16, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.