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Thailand at the 2002 Winter Olympics

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Thailand at the
2002 Winter Olympics
Flag of Thailand.svg
IOC codeTHA
NOCNational Olympic Committee of Thailand
in Salt Lake City
Competitors1 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Prawat Nagvajara
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

Thailand sent a delegation to compete at the Winter Olympic Games for the first time at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, United States from 8–24 February 2002. The delegation consisted of a single representative, cross-country skier Prawat Nagvajara. He failed to finish the 30 kilometre freestyle mass start and placed 67th in the sprint

Background[edit]

Thailand first joined Olympic competition at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki and, except for the boycotted 1980 Summer Olympics, has participated in every Summer Olympics since.[1][2] Prawat Nagvajara qualified for the 2002 Winter Olympics, marking the first time Thailand had a participant in any Winter Olympic Games.[1][3][4] As the only participant for Thailand, he was selected as the flag bearer for the opening ceremony.[5]

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Prawat Nagvajara was 43 years old at the time of the Salt Lake City Olympics, and was serving as an associate professor of computer and electrical engineering at Drexel University in the United States.[3] After training on roller skis, he hired a coach, former Bulgarian bi-athlete Pepa Miloucheva, in the run-up to the Olympics.[3] On 9 February, Nagvajara took part in the 30 kilometre freestyle mass start, where any competitor lapped by the leader was eliminated, and he failed to finish the race.[3][6] On 19 February, Nagvajara was a competitor in the sprint and finished the qualification race in a time of 4 minutes and 14 seconds, which was good for 67th place.[7] Only the top 16 from the qualifying round were allowed to proceed to the next stage, meaning he was eliminated.[8] He would later go on to represent Thailand at the 2006 Winter Olympics in the 15 kilometres classical event.[9]

Athlete Event Qualifying Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Total Rank Total Rank Total Rank Total Rank
Prawat Nagvajara Sprint 4:14.55 67 Did not advance 67
30 kilometre freestyle mass start n/a Did not finish

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "List of the 77 delegations in the order they will enter the stadium and the name of their flag bearer" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 February 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
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  8. ^ "Cross Country Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: Men's Sprint". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 16 February 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Thailand at the 2006 Torino Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 July 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2018.