Oliver Kraas, the South African cross country skier is born

Oliver Kraas, the South African cross country skier Image source

Friday, 18 April 1975

Oliver Martin Kraas was born on 18 April 1975 in Germiston, Gauteng.[i] Oliver is a South African Cross Country skier.[ii] He started competitive skiing in 2003.[iii] He finished 57th in the inpidual sprint event at Turin in 2006.[iv] Oliver became the first South African to compete in a Nordic event in 2006, even though he was unable to make it passed the qualifying round of the event.[v] He finished 23rd at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in the team sprint at Oberstdorf in 2005.[vi] Oliver finished 38th in the World Cup’s inpidual sprint event hosted by Germany in 2006.[vii] Oliver represented South Africa at the 2005 and 2007 Rollski World Championships.[viii] He participated in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games.[ix] He finished 9th in the ‘pursuit’ event at the 2008 FIS Rollski World Cup hosted in Leipzig, Germany.[x] Oliver was South Africa’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.[xi]

End notes

[i] Oliver Kraas, http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/kr/oliver-kraas-1.html (20 April 2017).

[ii] Oliver Kraas, https://www.olympic.org/oliver-kraas (20 April 2017).

[iii] Oliver Kraas, https://alchetron.com/Oliver-Kraas-690099-W (13 March 2017).

[iv] Oliver Kraas, https://alchetron.com/Oliver-Kraas-690099-W (13 March 2017).

[v] Oliver Kraas, https://alchetron.com/Oliver-Kraas-690099-W (13 March 2017).

[vi] Oliver Kraas, https://alchetron.com/Oliver-Kraas-690099-W (13 March 2017).

[vii] Oliver Kraas, https://alchetron.com/Oliver-Kraas-690099-W (13 March 2017).

[viii] Nordic Rollski/Cross Skating, http://www.snowsports.co.za/cross_country.htm (13 March 2017).

[ix] Oliver Kraas, https://www.olympic.org/oliver-kraas (20 April 2017).

[x] Nordic Rollski/Cross Skating, http://www.snowsports.co.za/cross_country.htm (13 March 2017).

[xi] Oliver Kraas Photos, http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Oliver+Kraas/Olympics+Opening+Ceremony/QI0snCe7glk (20 April 2017).

References:
• Oliver Kraas, https://www.olympic.org/oliver-kraas (20 April 2017).
• Oliver Kraas, http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/kr/oliver-kraas-1.html (20 April 2017).
• Oliver Kraas Photos, http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Oliver+Kraas/Olympics+Opening+Ceremony/QI0snCe7glk (20 April 2017).
• Nordic Rollski/Cross Skating, http://www.snowsports.co.za/cross_country.htm (13 March 2017).
• Vancouver 2010, http://www.supersport.com/gallery.aspx?id=1955 (13 March 2017).
• Oliver Kraas, https://alchetron.com/Oliver-Kraas-690099-W (13 March 2017).

Last updated : 22-Jan-2018

This article was produced for South African History Online on 22-Jan-2018