Fri 09 Feb 2018, 02:13
Winter Olympics has never been a Kenyan thing, or even East African thing, but when Africa does participate, we make headlines. Like when cross-country skier Philip Boit became the first Kenyan to represent at the Winter Olympics, not only once but thrice – in 1998, 2002 and 2006.
Flash-forward to the 2018 Winter Olympics, 19-year-old Sabrina Simader is making history as the first ever alpine skier to represent Kenya at the Winter Olympics and the first African female to ever participate in the sporting event.
The 2018 Winter Olympics, which is being held in Pyeongchang (I wonder if the good people of the South Korea have a hard time pronouncing our cities as we do theirs) will kick off on Friday 9 February until Sunday 25 February and will be brought to you live on SuperSport 11 (211), SuperSport 12 (212), SuperSport 13 (213) and SuperSport 14 (214), and you’ll also be able to stream it live on DStv Now.
Catch Simader as she makes her Winter Olympics debut on Monday 12 February on SuperSport 11 (211) and on DStv Now at 03:10 CAT (Run 1) and 06:30 CAT (Run 2).
As you get ready to catch the action on DStv, here are a few things you might want know about Sabrina Simader:
- She was born in Kenya but moved to Austria when she was three years old.
- Although far away from home, this is not the first time Simader is representing Kenya at the Winter Olympics, in 2016 she represented the country at the Winter Youth Olympics in Norway.
- She is aiming for a top 20 finish in the alpine skiing event.
- She created a crowdfund to raise money to cover her training and travel costs to the Winter Olympics.
But Simader is not the only African making history at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Nigeria’s bobsled trio of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga are the first ever African bobsled team to compete in the Winter Olympics while their compatriot Simidele Adeagbo is Africa’s first female skeleton athlete. Ghana’s Akwasi Frimpong is the country’s first ever skeleton athlete.
Also watch for Conor Wilson who will be representing South Africa in alpine skiing. Other African countries that are participating include Eritrea, Madagascar, Morocco, and Togo. For a continent that is barely covered in ice/snow, we can agree that Africa is well represented.
All active DStv Premium, Compact +, Compact and Family subscribers can follow the action live on SuperSport channels SS11, SS12 and SS13 while DStv Acess subs can tune in on SS14.