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Laurence Thoms

Olympic athlete

Laurence Thoms (born March 26, 1980) is a Fijian alpine skier who was born in Suva. He represented Fiji at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and attracted media attention as a competitor from a tropical nation at the Winter Olympics. Thoms was Fiji's flag-bearer during the Opening Ceremony, being his country's only representative, and was the first Pacific Islander to qualify for the Winter Games in his own right (rather than through the wild cards process). He competed in the Slalom and Giant Slalom events. He failed to complete the Slalom, but completed the Giant Slalom and finished fifty-fifth with a time of 2:41.98. Spectators reportedly cheered and encouraged him, and "went crazy when he crossed the finish line". One newspaper described Thoms' participation as exemplifying "the true spirit of the Games". Before taking part in the Olympics, Thoms had worked as a ski instructor in New Zealand. His participation in the Olympics was funded by a retired Swiss businessman living in Fiji, who had founded the Fiji Alpine Ski Association.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1980-03-26
Place of birth
Suva

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