Though the Winter Olympics might not be a natural fit for tropical Thailand, there are athletes representing the country this year! The four athletes are siblings Mark and Karen Chanloung in cross-country skiing, and Nicola Zanon and Alexia Schenkel in Alpine skiing.
Since the nation’s debut at the Winter Games in 2002, Thai athletes have appeared in every edition except the 2010 tournament in Vancouver.
Thailand has, however, participated in every Summer Olympics since 1952.
Thailand won its first medal at the 1976 Games in Montreal, when boxer Payao Poontarat took home a bronze in the Men’s Light Flyweight category. Thailand’s first gold medal would also come in boxing at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, when Somluck Kamsing won the Men’s Featherweight category. Since then, Thai athletes have won gold medals at every subsequent Summer Olympics with the exception of the 2012 Games in London, with all its gold medals to date having come in men’s boxing and women’s weightlifting.
Will you be watching the Olympics this year? They are always a fun event! Plus, we’ll have them on at the restaurant! Join us for dinner and view these amazing athletes throughout the Games.