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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 sons Dæhlie Boit.
Boit participated in the 1999 Nordic skiing World Championships in Ramsau, Austria, and again finished last in the 10 km classic event. After the event Nike dropped their 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, beating three competitors. 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 15 km 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 had planned to retire after the 2010 Winter Olympics. However, he did not meet the requirements needed to start in the Games. He missed the limit by 2 FIS points, therefore he was unable to compete. His attempts to qualify for the Olympics had been 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 during qualification, and therefore was unable to compete in 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 the top Kenyan runners. His 800 meters personal best is 1:46.06.
- Washington Post column by Michael Wilbon Feb 11, 1998: Just Do It? Just Let Them Be
- Daily Nation, Feb 19, 2002: Boit back in action today at Olympics
- Philip Boit at the International Ski Federation
- Philip Boit profile at IAAF
- Kenya: It's Not Just for Runners Anymore
- Maddy Savage (24 January 2014). "Philip Boit and Bjorn Daehlie: Cross-country friends". BBC News. Retrieved 24 January 2014.