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Philip Boit

Olympic athlete from Kenya

Philip Kimely Boit (born December 12, 1971 in Eldoret, Kenya) is a cross-county skier and the first Kenyan to participate in the Winter Olympics. His first name is sometimes spelled as "Phillip". 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 first son Dæhlie Boit. Later, Boit participated the 1999 Nordic skiing World Championships in Ramsau, Austria, and finished again last in the 10km classic event. After the event Nike dropped its sponsorship, hence he had to settle for "dry  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Philip Kimely Boit
Date of birth
1971-12-12
Place of birth
Eldoret
Nationality
Kenya
Profession
Cross-country skier

Athlete facts

Sports
Cross-country skiing

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