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American Samoa at the 1994 Winter Olympics

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American Samoa at the
1994 Winter Olympics
Flag of American Samoa.svg
IOC code ASA
NOC American Samoa National Olympic Committee
in Lillehammer
Competitors 2 (men) in 1 sport
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

American Samoa sent a delegation to compete at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway from 12–27 February 1994. This was the territory's first, and as of the conclusion of the 2018 Winter Olympics, only Winter Olympics they have competed in. The delegation consisted of two athletes, Faauuga Muagututia and Brad Kiltz, who competed in the two-man bobsleigh event where they finished 39th.

Background[edit]

The American Samoa National Olympic Committee was recognized by the International Olympic Committee on January 1, 1987,[1] and the territory made its Olympic debut the next year at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in South Korea. They have competed in every Summer Olympics since, but have only participated in the Winter Olympic Games this once, in 1994 in Lillehammer.[2] For the 1994 Winter Olympics, the territory's delegation consisted of one two-man bobsleigh team. Faauuga Muagututia was chosen as the flag bearer for the opening ceremony.[2]

Bobsleigh[edit]

Brad Kiltz, who was 36 years old at the time of the Games,[3] is a native of Evansville, Indiana, able to compete for American Samoa because the American territory has the same nationality as the United States.[4] Faauuga Muagututia, who was 35 years old at the time of the Games,[3] is a native of American Samoa.[4] Muagututia, as the driver, was the only one required to be from American Samoa.[5] At the time of the Games, Muagututia was serving in the United States Navy as a SEAL, while Kiltz was working as a carpenter.[6]

The two-man bobsleigh event was held in four runs over two days, on February 19–20, 1994. Final standings were based on the sum of all four runs for each team.[7] On the 19th, in runs 1 and 2, they posted a time of 55.57 seconds and 55.25 seconds, respectively.[8][9] At the end of the first day, they were ranked 42nd out of 43 sleds.[10] On the second day, they posted run times of 55.06 and 55.16 seconds.[11][12] Their faster times on the second day allowed them to finish with a time of 3 minutes and 41.04 seconds, which placed them 39th out of 42 sleds which completed all four runs.[7]

Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
ASA-1 Faauuga Muagututia
Brad Kiltz
Two-man 55.57 42 55.25 41 55.06 36 55.16 38 3:41.04 39

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Samoa – National Olympic Committee (NOC)". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 25 March 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "American Samoa". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "American Samoa at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  4. ^ a b Denny, Dick (25 February 1994). "Bobsledder has ball in Lillehammer". The Indianapolis News. p. 58. Archived from the original on 7 May 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018 – via Newspapers.com. Free to read
  5. ^ Miller, Rich (3 January 1994). "Sledding: Odds for making Samoan team were better". The Indianapolis News. pp. 1–2. Archived from the original on 7 May 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018 – via Newspapers.com. Free to read
  6. ^ Archdeacon, Tom (21 February 1994). "Sea, air, land – and now, snow". Dayton Daily News. p. 1. Archived from the original on 7 May 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018 – via Newspapers.com. Free to read
  7. ^ a b "Bobsleigh at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games: Men's Two". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  8. ^ "Bobsleigh at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games: Men's Two Run 1". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  9. ^ "Bobsleigh at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games: Men's Two Run 2". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  10. ^ "Bobsleigh at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games: Men's Two Runs 1–2". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  11. ^ "Bobsleigh at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games: Men's Two Run 3". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  12. ^ "Bobsleigh at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games: Men's Two Run 4". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.