Cyprus at the 2002 Winter Olympics


Cyprus sent a delegation to compete at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, United States from 8–24 February 2002. This was Cyprus' seventh consecutive appearance at a Winter Olympic Games after their debut at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The delegation consisted of one athlete, Theodoros Christodoulou, an alpine skier. He finished 54th in the giant slalom and failed to complete the slalom.

Cyprus at the
2002 Winter Olympics
IOC codeCYP
NOCCyprus Olympic Committee
Websitewww.olympic.org.cy (in Greek and English)
in Salt Lake City
Competitors1 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Theodoros Christodoulou
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

Background


The Cyprus Olympic Committee was first recognised by the International Olympic Committee in 1978,[1] and the nation has participated in every Summer Olympics and Winter Olympic Games since their debut in 1980.[2] At the time of the Salt Lake City Olympics, no Cypriot athlete had ever won a medal. They would win their first medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2] This was their seventh appearance at a Winter Olympic Games.[2] The 2002 Winter Olympics were held from 8–24 February 2002; a total of 2,399 athletes representing 77 National Olympic Committees took part.[3] The only athlete sent by Cyprus to Salt Lake City was an alpine skier, Theodoros Christodoulou.[4] He was the flag bearer for both the opening ceremony[5] and the closing ceremony.[6]

Alpine skiing


Theodoros Christodoulou was 24 years old at the time of the Salt Lake City Olympics, and he was making his Olympic debut.[7] On 21 February, he participated in the men's giant slalom, finishing the first run in a time of 1 minute and 21.67 seconds,[8] and the second in 1 minute and 19.92 seconds.[9] This made his total time for the competition to be 2 minutes and 41.59 seconds, and placed him 54th, out of 57 competitors who finished the race, the gold medal was won by Stephan Eberharter of Austria in a time of 2 minutes and 23.28 seconds.[10] Three days later, on 24 February, Christodoulou took part in the slalom, where he completed the first run in 59.74 seconds and was in 46th place.[11] However, he failed to finish the second run, and went unranked for the competition.[12][13] Christodoulou would later go on to represent Cyprus at the 2006 Winter Olympics.[7]

Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Time Time Rank
Theodoros Christodoulou Giant slalom 1:21.67 1:19.92 2:41.59 54
Slalom 59.74 DNF DNF

References


  1. "Cyprus – National Olympic Committee (NOC)". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 18 July 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. "Cyprus". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 8 March 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  3. "Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games Olympics – results & video highlights". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  4. "Cyprus at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  5. "The XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City: 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 12 July 2018.
  6. "Flag Bearers for the Closing Ceremony – Olympic News". International Olympic Committee. 24 February 2002. Archived from the original on 15 October 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  7. "Theodoros Khristodoulou Bio, Stats, and Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 10 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  8. "Alpine Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: Men's Giant Slalom Run 1". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  9. "Alpine Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: Men's Giant Slalom Run 2". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  10. "Alpine Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: Men's Giant Slalom". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 16 March 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  11. "Alpine Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: Men's Slalom Run 1". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 23 March 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  12. "Alpine Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: Men's Slalom Run 2". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 23 March 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  13. "Alpine Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: Men's Slalom". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 16 March 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.