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South Africa at the 2002 Winter Olympics

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South Africa at the
2002 Winter Olympics
Flag of South Africa.svg
IOC codeRSA
NOCSouth African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee
Websitewww.sascoc.co.za
in Salt Lake City
Competitors1 (man) in 1 sport
Flag bearer Alexander Heath
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

South Africa sent a delegation to compete at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, United States from 8–24 February 2002. This was South Africa's fourth time appearing at a Winter Olympic Games. The nation's delegation consisted of a single alpine skier, Alexander Heath. In his best performance, he finished 27th in the men's slalom.

Background[edit]

South Africa first entered Olympic competition at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Olympics. They made their debut at a Winter Olympic Games in the 1960 Winter Olympics.[1] From 1964 until 1991, South Africa was banned from the Olympics due to its practice of Apartheid.[2] South Africa was reinstated by the International Olympic Committee in 1991 following the end of Apartheid.[3] They returned to the Olympics for the 1992 Summer Olympics and the 1994 Winter Olympics.[1] These Salt Lake City Olympics were their fourth ever appearance at a Winter Olympics.[1] The 2002 Winter Olympics were held from 8–24 February 2002; a total of 2,399 athletes representing 77 National Olympic Committees took part.[4] The South African delegation to Salt Lake City consisted of a single alpine skier, Alexander Heath.[5] He was selected as the flag bearer for the opening ceremony.[6]

Alpine skiing[edit]

Heath was 23 years old at the time of the Salt Lake City Olympics.[7] He was returning to the Olympics after representing South Africa at the 1998 Winter Olympics.[7] On 10 February he participated in the downhill, finishing the race in a time of 1 minute and 48.84 seconds, which put him in 51st place out of 53 competitors who finished the contest.[8] The gold medal was won by Fritz Strobl of Austria in a time of 1 minute and 39.13 seconds.[8] On 13 February the combined was held; the competition consisted of one run of downhill and two runs of slalom, with the total time of all three legs determining the final positions.[9] Heath finished the downhill portion of the combined in 1 minute and 47.27 seconds,[10] but failed to finish the first of the two slalom runs.[11]

Over a week later, on 21 February, he was part of the giant slalom, finishing his first run in 1 minute and 19.32 seconds.[12] Heath was faster on his second run, finishing in 1 minute and 17.95 seconds.[13] His total time was 2 minutes and 37.27 seconds, which put him in 48th position; the gold medal was won by Austria's Stephan Eberharter in 2 minutes and 23.28 seconds.[14] His final event, on 23 February, was the slalom, where he finished his runs in 56.37 seconds and 1 minute and 0.56 seconds.[15][16] His total time for the event was 1 minute and 56.93 seconds, which placed him 27th out of 33 classified finishers; the gold medalist was Jean-Pierre Vidal of France, who turned in a time of 1 minute and 41.06 seconds.[17] Heath would later represent South Africa at the 2006 Winter Olympics.[7]

Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Time Time Rank
Alexander Heath Downhill 1:48.84 51
Giant slalom 1:19.32 1:17.95 2:37.27 48
Slalom 56.37 1:00.56 1:56.93 27

Men's combined

Athlete Downhill Slalom Total
Time Time 1 Time 2 Total time Rank
Alexander Heath 1:47.27 DNF DNF

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References[edit]

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