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Prawat Nagvajara

Full name: Prawat Nagvajara
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: December 1, 1958 in Bangkok, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
Affiliations: Crystal Lake Skiers Association
Country: THA Thailand
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Biography

Prawat Nagvajara was the first Winter Olympian from Thailand, competing in 2002 and 2006 as a cross-country skiier. Although born in Thailand, and growing up there, Nagvajara studied in the United States, earning his college degree and masters’ degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. He later earned a PhD in computer engineering at Boston University in 1989. Nagvajara became a professor of computer and electrical engineering at Drexel University with research interests in reconfigurable computing, field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), and custom computing.

Nagvajara learned to ski in the United States and was inspired to try for the Olympics after seeing Kenya’s Philip Boit ski in 1998 at Nagano. Nagvajara trained in Vermont with a Bulgarian coach and helped set up the Thailand Ski Federation to allow him to compete at the Winter Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2002 Winter 43 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Men's Sprint Thailand THA 66
2002 Winter 43 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Thailand THA AC DNF
2006 Winter 47 Torino Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Thailand THA 96

Men's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2002 Winter 43 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Thailand Qualifying Round 67 4:14.55

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
2006 Winter 47 Torino Cross Country Skiing Thailand Final Standings 96 1-07:15.9 19:38.8 97 43:45.5 96

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank I1T I1R
2002 Winter 43 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Thailand Final Standings AC DNF 30:22.9 75
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