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Senegal at the 1992 Winter Olympics

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Senegal at the
1992 Winter Olympics
Flag of Senegal.svg
IOC code SEN
NOC Comité National Olympique et Sportif Sénégalais
in Albertville
Competitors 2 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Lamine Guèye
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

Senegal competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. The country's appearance marked the second time it had competed at a Winter Olympics. This was the first time the country has entered more than a single athlete, with skiers Lamine Guèye and Alphonse Gomis both taking part. The lack of support staff meant that Guèye sought medical assistance from another team. Neither competitors won a medal, and Gomis was noted by the media for the number of falls he had on the slopes.

Background[edit]

Senegal made their Winter Olympic debut at the 1994 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.[1] This followed a campaign by alpine skier Lamine Guèye, who as a teenager, had also founded the country's ski federation. At those Games, Guèye had become the first black African to compete at the Winter Olympics.[2][3] Following the Sarajevo Games, Guèye retired temporarily from competing professionally and instead took up employment as a model and an actor, in addition to earning a living in the finance sector.[2]

Upon viewing the performance of the Jamaican bobsleigh team at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, Guèye decided to return to the Olympics once again.[2] He maintained that he had a hard time explaining the sport to his fellow countrymen, saying "I have to tell the people what snow is, what skis are, I have to tell them what big mountains are. They don't have any reference on these things."[4] Joining Guèye at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, and becoming the second Senegalese athlete to compete at a Winter Games, was ski instructor Alphonse Gomis, who resides in Tignes, near Albertville.[5] As at the 1984 Winter Games,[2] Guèye was Senegal's flagbearer during the Parade of Nations in the opening ceremony.[6] No support staff were sent with the skiers, so that when Guèye injured his back, a doctor from the American team treated him.[5]

Alpine skiing[edit]

Both the members of the Senegalese team at the 1992 Winter Olympics, Lamine Guèye and Alphonse Gomis, took part in the same skiing events; the men's downhill, Super-G, giant slalom, slalom and the combined competition.[7][8]

The first event to take place was the downhill, on 9 February. This consisted of a single run each; Guèye finished in last position with a time of 2:12.84, over 22 seconds behind Patrick Ortlieb of Austria who took the gold medal. Gomis was one of nine skiers who failed to complete their run,[9] the first of several incomplete runs by the ski instructor during the course of the Games.[8] This would later be referred to by The Washington Post as a "world-class agony-of-defeat spill".[5] His performances were referenced by The Record as "Gomis was the one you may have seen on the highlights, doing unplanned cartwheels, nosedives, and slides down the hill".[4]

Over the next two days, the combined event took place. Neither skier from Senegal finished their runs.[10] The Super-G competition took place on 16 February, with an improved standing for Guèye , who finished 78th out of the 93 skiers who completed the course with a time of 1:29.18. Gomis did not finish.[11]

The giant slalom was next, on 18 February, and was the only event in which both skiers completed the course. Guèye recorded a time of 2:44.98 in 66th place, while Gomis completed the run in 74th place with a time of 2:48.08. Both were some distance behind the winner, Alberto Tomba of Italy who had a time of 2:06.98.[12] The duo's final event was the slalom, on 22 February. Both were among the 52 skiers who failed to complete their runs in the competition.[13]

The 1992 Winter Olympics were the last Winter Games to be run before the introduction of more strenuous qualification standards. This meant that at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Senegal was unable to field a second skier, and Guèye would be limited to competing in a single event.[14]

Key
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
Skiing events
Athlete Event Run 1 (DH) Run 2 (Sl) Run 3 (Sl) Final/Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Diff Rank
Alphonse Gomis Downhill N/A Did not finish
Super-G N/A Did not finish
Giant slalom 1:24.29 89 1:23.79 74 N/A 2:48.08 +41.10 74
Slalom Did not finish N/A Did not finish
Combined 2:00.56 57 Did not finish
Lamine Guèye Downhill N/A 2:12.84 +22.47 45
Super-G N/A 1:29.18 +16.14 78
Giant slalom 1:21.60 77 1:23.38 71 N/A 2:44.98 +38.00 66
Slalom 1:10.90 60 Did not finish N/A Did not finish
Combined 2:00.38 58 Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Miracle on Ice'". Summit Daily News. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Jouanneau, Julien (22 July 2008). "Je suis devenu le premier Noir aux Jeux olympiques d'hiver. Par Lamine Guèye.". Paris Match (in French). Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Savage, Maddy (24 January 2014). "Philip Boit and Bjorn Daehlie: Cross-country friends". BBC News. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Brennan, John (11 February 1992). "Olympic Talk". The Record. Retrieved 19 October 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ a b c Wilbon, Michael (15 February 1992). "In Skis, One Size Fits All". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 October 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Senegal". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Lamine Guèye". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Alphonse Gomis". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games: Men's Downhill". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games: Men's Combined". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games: Men's Super G". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games: Men's Giant Slalom". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games: Men's Slalom". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  14. ^ Thomson, Alastair (19 August 2008). "Let underdogs have their day, says Gueye". Reuters. Retrieved 19 October 2016.